FirstEnergy rebuilding existing 138-kV line serving Toledo Edison customers

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) is rebuilding a 13.3-mile section of an existing 138-kV transmission line connecting substations in Fayette and Lyons to help enhance service reliability for more than 18,000 Toledo Edison customers in Fulton County.

The $16.5m project includes replacing 334 poles in the existing right-of-way, along with stringing more than 13 miles of new wire, FirstEnergy said in an Oct. 6 news release. A remote control switching device also will be installed on the new section, which allows grid operators to assess operational conditions more quickly, reducing the length and frequency of service disruptions.

The rebuilt transmission line is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2016.  The new poles also will accommodate a second 138-kV transmission line for future load growth, as needed. 

"This transmission project will benefit customers now, while also enabling our system to handle additional load growth in the future," said Rich Sweeney, regional president of Toledo Edison. 

"When completed, the rebuilt power line and remote-control equipment will help enhance service reliability in the region by strengthening the grid and increasing the flexibility and redundancy of our system," Sweeney said.

The first phase of the project replaced the existing assets from Allen Junction substation to Lyons substation. This first phase of construction was completed on December 30, 2014.

The project is one of numerous distribution and transmission infrastructure projects totaling approximately $115m that FirstEnergy has planned in 2016 for the Toledo Edison service area.

Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio.  

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