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Pennsylvania-based Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., says it will enhance its electric system in 2013. The utility is spending approximately $116 million to expand and strengthen its existing infrastructure in its 15-county service territory.

"The planned infrastructure projects are designed to help maintain our system on a day-to-day basis to benefit Met-Ed customers now while helping to prepare our system for future load growth," says Mike Doran, regional president of Met-Ed.

Major projects scheduled for this year include completing a new substation, building new circuits, replacing underground cables, and inspecting and replacing utility poles. In addition, other projects will include the installation of automated and remote control devices designed to enhance Met-Ed's electrical system and reliability.

The scheduled projects include:

  • Completing and energizing the Northkill Substation in northern Berks County, which will provide additional capacity in the area. The project, which is expected to cost nearly $10 million, is slated for completion this summer and is designed to support local industrial and commercial growth and future development.
  • Spending approximately $2 million in the York area to enhance the transmission system.
  • Installing new sectionalizing devices, such as fuses and reclosers, to help limit the scope of unplanned outages across the service territory.  The cost of this project is about $1 million.
  • Installing equipment to help maintain proper voltage levels. This is expected to benefit Met-Ed's industrial and large commercial customers that operate large motors, drives and other machinery.

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