FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) on Dec. 7 said that it and its subsidiaries are rebuilding and modernizing an existing transmission line to enhance service reliability for Ohio Edison customers in Portage and Trumbull counties in Ohio.
Construction is underway and the new line is expected to be energized by the end of 2017, the company said, adding that the upgraded line will reinforce the local electric system and use smart technologies to help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.
The $26m project involves replacing the existing 69-kV line with a new set of poles and wires that will connect existing electric substations in Garrettsville and Newton Falls in Ohio, the company said. New switching devices that can be remotely monitored and controlled are being added to the line to allow grid operators to respond to operational conditions more quickly, which can prevent or reduce the duration of power outages, the company said.
A company spokesperson on Dec. 12 told TransmissionHub that the Garrettsville-Newton Falls 69-kV Rebuild Project will operate at 69 kV, but the new structures will support future 138-kV operation.
FirstEnergy said that the project is part of Energizing the Future, which is a multi-year investment initiative aimed at upgrading the company’s transmission facilities with advanced equipment and technologies that will reinforce the power grid, as well as help reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages.