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FirstEnergy Corp. plans to invest about $300 million on infrastructure upgrades in two Pennsylvania territories this year. These investments are in addition to infrastructure upgrades planned for FirstEnergy territories in Ohio and New Jersey.

Approximately $160 million is going to West Penn Power, a utility that serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties, FirstEnergy reports. Major projects on tap include transmission improvements to reinforce the system, construction of new circuits, inspection and replacement of utility poles and other equipment, and tree-trimming work, including a special program to remove trees endangered by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Of the $160 million infrastructure investment in the region, FirstEnergy notes more than $23 million will be for transmission-related projects built and owned by Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co., a FirstEnergy transmission affiliate.

FirstEnergy says Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed), a utility serving approximately 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties, has $140 million coming its way. Major projects include building new circuits, replacing underground cables, inspecting and replacing utility poles, and continuing tree-trimming programs. FirstEnergy adds that other projects will include the installation of automated and remote control devices designed to enhance Met-Ed's electrical system and reliability.

According to FirstEnergy, about $30 million will be for transmission-related projects built and owned by Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co.


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