From: Maykuth, Andy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:18 PM
To: Pietranton, Kelsey; Goodman, Meghan
Cc: Spector, Stephen
Subject: VPOTUS pool report
From Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer
Prior to his remarks at PECO Energy Co. on Tuesday, the Vice President toured the Transmission System Operations Control Room, which is responsible for the flow of electricity across the company's transmission system. PECO works with other companies and neighboring utilities to monitor electricity flow and react to emergency situations, including lighting storms, high load days and equipment issues.
The Vice President was joined on his tour by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Denis(cq) O'Brien, senior vice president of PECO parent company Exelon Corp., and chief executive of Exelon Utilities. The tour was led by O'Brien, Susan Ivey, Exelon Vice President of Transmission Strategy and Compliance, and John McDonald, the Vice President of Technical Services at PECO,
The control room is a windowless octagonal room, surrounded by full-sized depictions of the regional power system, located in the interior of the second floor of PECO's 26-floor tower in Center City Philadelphia. About a dozen PECO employees were stationed behind consoles, monitoring a power system that delivers electricity to 1.6 million PECO customers. The flat-screen televisions were tuned to the Weather Channel.
While on the tour, the Vice President saw first-hand how the equipment in the control room monitors electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia; responds to alarms and signals; and works to ensure that conditions are safe for field workers who are performing maintenance .
McDonald, the technical services vice president, explained the utility's system in simple terms. "If you're driving along and see those big towers, that's the transmission system," he told the Vice President.
Secretary Moniz explained to the Vice President how the transmission system relates to the Quadrennial Energy Review. Moniz also noted how PECO has taken steps to help improve its energy infrastructure, thanks to $200 million it received in 2009 in a Recovery Act grant. The grant paid paid of an ongoing $650 million PECO smart meter project to help it remotely connect or disconnect service for customers.
Moniz asked specifically to see devices monitoring transmission equipment paid for out of the stimulus grant. "You paid for them," he told the Vice President.
The Vice President seemed intrigued with the technical details of the electric system, but he lit up upon meeting several PECO employees who had connections to his nearby home state, Delaware. David Weaver, PECO's director of transmission, mentioned his son recently graduated from the University of Delaware, the Vice President's alma mater. "Congratulations, you ought to get a pay raise," the Vice President said, pumping his hand. "That's great, man."
Andrew Maykuth | Business News Writer
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