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The PJM Interconnection board of managers has authorized $1.2 billion in upgrades and improvements to the high-voltage electric transmission system that serves the Mid-Atlantic and all or parts of other states between the Mid-Atlantic and Chicago.

The grid operator says there will be upgrades and improvements to transformers, substations and other transmission facilities throughout the region served by PJM.

"PJM and our members know firsthand that a strong, resilient grid is important to meet the challenging impacts of Mother Nature, such as Superstorm Sandy last year, and the ongoing, dramatic shift of generation from coal to natural gas that's resulted in the closure of many older coal plants," says Terry Boston, PJM president and CEO. "PJM's transmission improvement plan and these new upgrades address these challenges."

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