FirstEnergy Corp. on Wednesday announced a major spending decision on infrastructure, calculating they would invest about $245 million in 2017 on distribution and transmission projects “to help enhance reiability for more than 560,000 customers in the Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed) service territory.”
That service area includes 15 Pennsylvania counties that includes Easton, Gettysburg, Hamburg, Lebanon, Reading, Stroudsburg, York and other locations.
The projects include building new substations and transmission lines, installing equipment in existing substations, adding remote control equipment on circuits and the inspection and replacement of various utility poles.
Twenty-four percent of FirstEnergy's generation capacity utilizes nuclear power. The company's assets include the two-unit Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.
The company's service territory includes a presence in six states involving six million customers. Met-Ed's service territory involves more than 560,000 customers.
Among the projects slated for the 2017 maintenance season are a new transformer slated for a substation in Straban Township, Adams County – at a cost of $7.6 million, installation of four 230 kiovolt circuit breakers and other equipment to be installed at a substation in Loudonderry Township, Dauphin County at a cost of $4.7 million and inspection and replacement of utility poles (as needed) throughout the 15-county region at a cost of $4.6 million.
FirstEnergy also plans to renovate overhead power lines across a 3,500-mile service territory ($4 million), add new connection points along with installing new sectionalizing devices, such as fuses and automated switches ($2.85 million) and install remote control equipment that can be reset automatically to assist in outage responses ($1.76 million).
Additional projects are planned. In 2016, FirstEnergy spent about $130 million in the Met-Ed area on large and small distribution and transmission projects, including enhancing circuits, installing voltage-regulating equipment and automated controls, and replacing poles, the company noted.
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