Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A 25-year-old borough resident dies after striking a pole early Sunday morning.
Police say they have identified a man who died in a fatal one-car crash that occurred on Sunday, Feb. 10, just after midnight. According to police, 25-year-old West Chester resident Rafael Hernandez was traveling alone on Route 322 near the intersection with Creek Road when he lost control of his car and struck a PECO pole. Officials declared Hernandez dead on the scene due to injuries sustained from the crash. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Harry O’Neil or Officer Gerry DiNunzio of the West Chester Police Department.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Customers purchase pre-paid debit cards that are then drained by fraudsters, the company said.
A scam in which PECO customers are misled into purchasing pre-paid debit cards which are then drained of funds has struck the Philadelphia region, the electric and gas utility said Thursday. In the scam, customers are contacted by persons who claim to work for PECO and informed that they must make an immediate payment in order to avoid their electricity being shut off. The phony employee then instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card from a convenience store or similar location, then to provide that card's number. The fraud operators then drain the funds on the card. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of this and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark …
Monday, October 29, 2012
PECO reports that power outages have already started in the West Chester area.
Here are power outage numbers for the West Chester area as reported by PECO as of 5:16 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Monday, July 16, 2012
President Obama is not providing funding to help pay your electric or gas bill.
A scam intended to deceive people into providing their social security numbers, banking details, and other personal information by misleading them to believe that the government will help pay their utility bills has appeared in the greater Philadelphia region, PECO said. The scam, which has been reportedly taking place through social media such as Facebook, text messages, telephone and U.S. Mail, claims that President Barack Obama is providing funding to help customers pay their utility bills. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam and any potential issues so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark Alden, PECO vice president of Customer Operations. PECO …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Small business customers will see an increase of approximately 4.5 percent, while rates for large businesses will drop by about 3 percent.
If you haven’t shopped around for an alternative electric supplier and are getting your electricity through PECO, your residential rates will increase by approximately 4 percent starting Oct. 1. According to a PECO press release, the utility company filed its quarterly adjustment request with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and a change was approved. “This change affects only the cost of the electricity used by customers not purchasing their electricity from a competitive supplier,” the news release states. “These charges are passed along directly to customers at exactly the price that PECO pays.” Commodity prices, however, will change—hence, the 4 percent hike for residential customers using PECO as their supplier. The 4 percent …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Spark Energy donates 1,000 teddy bears to 'Stockings for Kids' program
Representatives for Spark Energy canvassed the corner of Market and High Streets to donate teddy bears to the "Stocking for Kids" program. "Who doesn't like bears," said Director of Marketing for Spark Energy Hal Poel. "We wanted to get the word out about Spark, but also contribute to a good cause." Poel added, "we're giving people a choice in teddy bears, and we want them to know that they have a choice in energy." Spark Energy purchased 1,000 teddy bears that people could pick up for free as they walked by. "We want people to donate the bears to those in need. We've had a couple of people come by and take bags of bears for their churches," Poel said. Poel also joked that "there was no cost cutting in the quality of bears." However, …