Greensburg, PA /PRNewswire/ - West Penn Power is completing work on approximately $21 million on power line and substation projects as part of a targeted 2017 program to reduce the number and duration of power outages experienced by the company's 720,000 customers.
The work involves installing enhanced protective devices on wires and poles, rebuilding electric lines, including replacing damaged insulators, poles, cross arms and wire, and installing automated and remote control devices.
The projects are part of West Penn Power's 2016-2020 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan (LTIIP) approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Ultimately, this special program focuses on distribution infrastructure enhancement projects in the West Penn Power service area, with a total of $88 million to be spent through 2020 on system improvements.
"The additional projects complement the work we already do each year to enhance the reliability of our electric system," said David W. McDonald, president of West Penn Power. "This year, we are targeting work on higher-voltage distribution lines that interconnect with multiple substations as a way of limiting outages, along with installing equipment that can be operated remotely to help speed the restoration process."
The scheduled LTIIP projects in the West Penn Power service area in 2017 include:
The LTIIP work is included in the $235 million in infrastructure projects for 2017 previously announced to help enhance service reliability for customers in West Penn Power's 24-county service area.
West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties. Follow West Penn Power on Twitter @W_Penn_Power and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WestPennPower.
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