Williamsport, Md. (Oct. 31, 2019) — Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is nearing completion of a new substation and additional distribution circuits that will help enhance service reliability for customers in northern Frederick County, Md.
Located in the Foxville area, the substation will split an existing 114-mile circuit serving about 1,300 customers into two circuits that will serve about 650 customers each in the Myersville, Wolfsville and Foxville areas. The two newly created distribution circuits will include technology that will automatically isolate outages and restore customers on the remaining portions of the circuits. This new distribution automation system will reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.
“The new substation, along with distribution line upgrades we have completed in the area, will enhance reliability for nearly 1,300 customers in a densely forested area of northern Frederick County,” said James A. Sears, Jr., FirstEnergy’s president of Maryland Operations. “The substation will be put into service in early December, helping to reduce service interruptions for customers in an area that has been prone to tree-related outages.”
The project also includes rebuilding nearly six miles of a 12-kV distribution line near Wolfsville, Md., and installing about half a mile of underground distribution line leaving the new substation.