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West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., says it will spend approximately $110 million this year to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in its 24-county service area.

Major projects scheduled for this year include performing transmission improvements, building new circuits and replacing underground cables.

Scheduled projects include the following:

  • Installing a 500 kV transformer at a substation near Mt. Morris in Greene County, Pa., to help reinforce the transmission system in southwestern Pennsylvania at a cost of more than $5 million.

  • Constructing the remaining 8.5 miles of new 138 kV transmission line and adding breakers to the Whiteley Substation in Greene County, Pa. The final phase of this $12 million, multi-year project will be completed this year.

  • Upgrading 138 kV substations to improve voltage support, including work at the Luxor Substation near Greensburg in Westmoreland County, Pa., and at both the Guilford and Grandpoint substations near Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pa.

  • Upgrading equipment on 60 distribution circuits throughout the service territory to enhance service reliability. West Penn Power says these improvements - including installing new wire, cable and fuses - are expected to enhance the electrical system and reliability for 50,000 West Penn Power customers in Pennsylvania.

  • Spending more than $11 million on various projects to expand the distribution system throughout West Penn Power's 24-county service area.



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