Penelec Receives Award for Sustained Level of Safety During the Past Three Years

READING – Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec), a FirstEnergy  electric utility operating company, has been recognized for outstanding safety performance by the Energy Association of Pennsylvania.

Penelec received the Safety Sustainability Award for achieving a low incidence rate as determined by the Energy Association’s Accident Prevention Committee.  The award was presented to companies whose employees worked 100,000 hours or more and sustained a low incidence rate over the three-year period from 2008 through 2010.

“There is no more important measure of our success than the safety of our employees,” said Douglas Elliott, president of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Operations. “I’m proud of their efforts to ensure their own safety, as well as that of their coworkers and our customers,” he said.

Energy Association President and Chief Executive Officer Terrance Fitzpatrick said the awards are a positive reflection of FirstEnergy’s overall corporate focus on safety.  “I commend FirstEnergy’s commitment to greater safety in the industry,” he said.  “This award recognizes their outstanding achievements in this vital area.”

The Energy Association of Pennsylvania is a trade association dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the Commonwealth’s electric distribution companies and natural gas distribution companies.  The safety awards are selected annually by the Association’s Accident Prevention Committee.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise the nation’s largest investor-owned electric system.  Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of approximately 24,000 megawatts.

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