FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) on Jan. 4 said that a $6.3m rebuilt transmission line connecting substations in Bowling Green and Pemberville in Ohio went into service in mid-December.
The line is designed to help enhance service reliability for about 38,000 customers in Wood County in the Toledo Edison service area, the company said. The project included replacing 220 poles in the existing transmission right of way (ROW) and installing a second 69-kV circuit, FirstEnergy said, adding that more than 16 miles of wire was installed along the route. In addition, remote control switching devices were installed on the new sections, which allows grid operators to assess operational conditions more quickly, the company said.
As part of the project, work was done to upgrade the Pemberville substation, with additional enhancements scheduled to be done at the Bowling Green substation next year, FirstEnergy said.
The company also noted that the project is one of numerous distribution and transmission infrastructure projects totaling about $115m that FirstEnergy completed in 2016 in Toledo Edison’s service area.
Last month, FirstEnergy said that West Penn Power is completing work on about $17m of electrical system projects as part of its 2016 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan, which is a five-year program designed to help reduce the number and duration of potential power outages experienced by the company’s 720,000 customers.
Those projects include installing enhanced protective devices on wires and poles, replacing or rebuilding electric lines, adding other special equipment, and installing automated and remote control devices, FirstEnergy said.
Pennsylvania state regulators earlier in 2016 approved the five-year program, which will result in an additional $88m being spent through 2020 on targeted distribution infrastructure enhancement projects to help reduce service interruptions in the West Penn Power service area, FirstEnergy said.
The program’s projects completed in 2016 in the West Penn Power service area include: spending about $3.5m to install new electronic circuit breakers, or reclosers, on 26 circuits in substations near Houston and Washington in Washington County, and Vandergrift, Jeanette and Lower Burrell in Westmoreland County; installing remote-controlled switches on higher-voltage distribution circuits at 45 locations in substations and on overhead lines throughout West Penn Power’s service area at a cost of about $3m; and spending about $2.7m to install new fuses, wire and other equipment on more than 80 overhead circuits throughout West Penn Power’s service area, particularly at points where distribution circuits branch into smaller sections.