Pennsylvania Electric Co. will conduct a training drill on May 15, 2014, to test and further improve the company's service restoration process if severe weather causes widespread power outages in the region.  

Nearly 50 employees will perform their storm restoration responsibilities at Penelec's Regional Dispatch Office in Erie and at multiple company service centers throughout its Pennsylvania territory.

"While FirstEnergy's storm restoration process has been recognized repeatedly by electric industry organizations for its effectiveness and efficiency, the goal of this exercise is to make our storm response efforts even better," said Scott Wyman, regional president of Penelec.  "Whether it's conducting employee training or investing in our infrastructure as we head into the summer storm season, we want our customers to know that much is being done to enhance service reliability.  We are committed to delivering the quality service our customers expect and deserve."

A team of FirstEnergy and Penelec employees have been preparing for weeks for the drill, which will roughly follow the same time schedule and outage totals for an actual storm that occurred in 2013.  Storm drills are becoming more common in the utility industry in the wake of severe weather over the last several years.  Penelec conducts storm drills on an annual basis.