FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) on May 7 said that a new 138-kV transmission line and substation will be energized this month to enhance service reliability for Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers across northern Ohio.
The project includes the new line, which extends about 28 miles between existing substations in Erie and Sandusky counties, the company said, adding that the line will also connect a new substation under construction near Bellevue, Ohio, giving grid operators added flexibility to help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.
A FirstEnergy spokesperson on May 10 told TransmissionHub that the project is the Hayes-West Fremont 138-kV Transmission Project, and that the new substation under construction near Bellevue is the Groton substation.
Line construction began late last year after FirstEnergy subsidiary American Transmission Systems, Inc., obtained approval to build the project from the Ohio Power Siting Board, FirstEnergy said, noting that the new facilities are on schedule to be energized ahead of a May 31 in-service deadline.
"In recent years, a number of older power plants have closed across our region while new sources of energy are being connected to the grid," Carl Bridenbaugh, vice president, Transmission, said in the FirstEnergy statement. "This changing energy mix often requires new transmission lines to be built that can maintain service reliability and supply power from where it is generated to where it is needed. The route selected for this project will allow us to deliver clean and affordable energy to the region, while minimizing the project’s impact on communities and the environment."
The project, which costs more than $50m, is part of Energizing the Future, 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.
The company noted that since 2014, its transmission companies have upgraded or replaced existing transmission lines, incorporated new and smart technology into the grid, as well as outfitted dozens of substations with new equipment and enhanced security features.