POWERING THE POPE! PECO Welcomes Pope Francis and World Meeting of Families with Dazzling Crown Lights Show

Months of advance planning and hundreds of dedicated employees keep
lights on and gas flowing for customers



  A special five-minute PECO Crown Lights show featuring exciting
video and animation of iconic images from across the region.
More than 150 employees working around-the-clock on 12-hour shifts,
pre-staged throughout The Francis Festival, at local county
emergency centers, at the company’s Emergency Operations Center, and
at PECO’s regional service buildings and headquarters.


Crown Lights Show: 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 through midnight
Sunday, September 27

Camera Opportunity: At the top of each hour, from 5 p.m. – 9

PECO Operations: Evening of Friday, September 25 – Monday, September


2301 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

BACKGROUND: PECO is proud to be part of the team of critical
services and play an integral role as Philadelphia hosts the World
Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United
States. In celebration, the company will mark the occasion with a
once-in-a-lifetime, custom show on the Company’s famed Crown Lights
message system. Running each hour from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. the show will
feature a dazzling display of the sites and images that make our region
unique. PECO has been displaying messages atop its 23rd and
Market Street headquarters since July 4, 1976. Since that time, the
company has saluted local community and non-profit organizations with
more than 17,500 messages. The new, energy efficient system, unveiled on
July 4, 2009, contains more than 2 million, new, energy-efficient LED
lights with color capability.

Also, during the past several months PECO has worked with the City of
Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families, local and federal agencies,
and others to ensure a safe and successful event for residents and
visitors alike. The company has inspected hundreds of manholes and
individual pieces of equipment and completed any preventative
maintenance work to ensure safe and reliable electric and natural gas
service. In addition, more than 150 PECO employees will leave their
family and friends to work throughout the weekend, stopping only for
meals and required rest at local company facilities. Specifically:

  • Crews and other resources will be pre-staged throughout the area, in
    four key zones, to quickly respond if needed.
  • Specialized employees will staff local emergency centers in Chester,
    Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, as well as the Multi-Agency
    Communications Center (MACC).
  • A team of employees will operate a special Papal Visit Command Center
    at the Company’s Market Street Headquarters.
  • The Company also will activate its Emergency Response Organization
    beginning Friday, September 25 through Monday, September 28.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC).
PECO serves 1.6
million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in
southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.

PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5
billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014.
Founded in 1881,
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate
citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to
numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic
development and community programs and organizations.
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Cathy Engel Menendez