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FirstEnergy Corp. plans to invest nearly $575 million this year in two of its Ohio service areas for infrastructure upgrades. These investments are in addition to $251 million worth of planned infrastructure improvements in New Jersey.

Toledo Edison
, which serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio, has about $100 million coming its way. FirstEnergy says major projects scheduled for the utility include breaking ground on a new transmission substation; upgrading transmission lines and distribution circuits; adding transformers at two transmission substations; inspecting and replacing overhead and underground circuits and utility poles as needed; and continuing tree-trimming work.

FirstEnergy notes that almost $59 million will be for transmission-related projects built and owned by American Transmission Systems Inc., a FirstEnergy transmission company.

Ohio Edison, meanwhile, will see more than $475 million in infrastructure investments this year. The utility serves over 1 million customers across 36 Ohio counties. According to FirstEnergy, major projects scheduled for Ohio Edison include building new substations; starting construction on a new 100-mile transmission line; installing enhanced remote-control technology in multiple facilities; inspecting and replacing utility poles; and continuing tree-trimming work, including a special program to remove trees endangered by the Emerald Ash Borer.

More than $344 million will be for transmission-related projects built and owned by American Transmission Systems, FirstEnergy adds.

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