FirstEnergy to hold public informational meetings on Harmon-Toronto transmission project

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) will hold public informational meetings to discuss its Harmon-Toronto transmission project in Ohio.

The meetings will be held from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27, where the company will explain the proposed project and to seek input from the community.

The meetings will be held on:

  • Sept. 24 in Toronto, Ohio.
  • Sept. 25 in Carrollton, Ohio.
  • Sept. 26 in Navarre, Ohio.
  • Sept. 27 in Doylestown, Ohio.

Project Details

The 345-kV transmission lines Harmon-Toronto transmission project is part of FirstEnergy’s Energizing the Future initiative. The line will run from a new substation in Toronto (Jefferson County, Ohio) to a new substation in Harmon (Stark County, Ohio) and connect to the existing Star substation in Wadsworth (Medina County, Ohio).

By June 2017, the Toronto and Harmon substations are expected to be connected by about 60 miles of new single-circuit 345 kV transmission line. The company is investing about $134m in the project.

Energizing the Future initiative

The Energizing the Future initiative is a comprehensive transmission construction program designed to improve service reliability as power plants in the region are deactivated due to the high cost of complying with new U.S. Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) standards.

The Energizing the Future projects include the construction of new 138-kV and 345-kV transmission lines, constructing new substations, and converting certain FirstEnergy northern Ohio generating units to synchronous condensers, devices that regulate voltage. FirstEnergy expects to invest about $700m to $900m over the next five years on these projects.

The initiative is based on recommendations by PJM Interconnection.