FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) has energized its Carriage-Hanville 69-kV Project, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on June 14.
The company on June 14 said that it recently energized the line and upgraded two local electric substations to reinforce the power grid and enhance service reliability for electric customers in Huron County, Ohio, and the surrounding area.
The line route extends about 12 miles between existing substations in Norwalk, Ohio, and North Fairfield, Ohio, passing through Ridgefield, Peru, Greenfield, and Fairfield townships, the company said. The new line follows existing roads for about nine miles before it connects with an existing transmission line that was rebuilt with new wooden poles capable of carrying both the existing wires and the new transmission line, the company said.
FirstEnergy noted that it also installed remote control switching devices on the line to assess operational conditions more quickly, helping to reduce the length and frequency of power outages. The substations at each end of the line were expanded on company owned property to accommodate advanced equipment designed to remotely isolate power outages as well as maintain proper voltage on the system, the company said.
The $20m project strengthens the local electric system and helps boost the performance of five key transmission lines serving Ohio Edison customers, the company said, adding that the project also provides a secondary feed for almost 5,000 Firelands Electric Cooperative customers served through FirstEnergy’s transmission system.
The project is part of Energizing the Future, which is a multi-year investment initiative aimed at upgrading FirstEnergy’s transmission facilities with advanced equipment and technologies that will reinforce the power grid and help reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages, the company said.
Noting that it has upgraded or replaced existing transmission lines, incorporated new, smart technology into the grid, and outfitted dozens of substations with new equipment and enhanced security features since 2014, FirstEnergy said that it will continue those investments through 2021, with planned spending of $4.2bn to $5.8bn over the next five years.
As TransmissionHub reported, FirstEnergy in March said that it expects to invest about $371m this year on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance reliability for customers in the Ohio Edison service territory.
Along with the newly energized 69-kV line, FirstEnergy said at the time that those projects include:
- Starting construction on a new 28-mile, 138-kV transmission line in the Sandusky and Fremont areas. Twelve miles are in Ohio Edison territory and 16 miles are located in the Toledo Edison footprint. For 2017, Ohio Edison expects to spend about $9m on this project, which is scheduled to be energized in May of 2018
- Rebuilding a 15-mile, 69-kV transmission line that connects substations in Garrettsville and Newton Falls to help enhance system reliability for customers in Portage and Trumbull counties. The project is budgeted at about $23m, and is scheduled to go online by the end of the year
- Rebuilding a 138-kV transmission line from a substation in Twinsburg to one in Hudson that provides electricity to the city’s municipal electric system. The cost of the project is about $6.6m
- Rebuilding a 69-kV transmission line in the Ashland area at a cost of $3.3m
FirstEnergy said at the time that more than $227m of the budgeted total will be spent on transmission-related projects owned by American Transmission Systems, Incorporated (ATSI).