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An electric company’s new growth

August 6, 2009
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I can see my houses meter from here!

I can see my house's meter from here!

Chances are, if you live in Philadelphia, you’ve had to deal with PECO. They’re really the only gig in town when it comes to electricity, and even if you’ve managed to avoid having to use their services, you’ve not missed their big old building. The 39 year-old structure has been the one of the main focal points of PECO’s apparent desire to go green. Firstly, they replaced all the old lightbulbs that made up their scrolling sign atop their building with a fancy new, greener, LED display which debuted on July 4th. Then, in a really green move, they turned their roof into a field. The expressed purpose is to reduce the drainage problems from rainwater runoff that the building has. Apparently, over 1.5 million gallons of water fall onto the building each year, and the new eco-roof will absorb up to 70% of that, putting less stress on municipal facilities. The grass, seemingly greener on PECO’s side, will be open to the public in what is probably their greatest PR move to date. Even the local killjoy blog thinks it’s a good move. On top of these window-dressing moves, PECO is also implementing a new initiative that may actually help Philadelphians manage their energy consumption, with an eye to becoming more efficient consumers. The company is going to be installing new smart meters which will allow you to read your meter, regulate air temperature, and even control your appliances from your computer. Sort of similar to what Penn was trying to do on their own, PECO wants to roll this technology out as early as next year. Definitely seems like a step in the right direction.

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