Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., will host a public information meeting in Smithsburg, Md., on Sept. 21 to discuss plans to rebuild an existing electric transmission line to keep affordable and reliable power flowing to customers in Washington and Frederick counties.
The project involves rebuilding an existing 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, almost entirely within an existing right-of-way, with new structures and wires capable of supporting 230-kV operation. The Potomac Edison line rebuild will be necessary as a result of a larger project being proposed by Transource Energy, which held separate public meetings in the area in May and August.
Property owners along the existing 10-mile line route were recently mailed letters informing them about the project and inviting them to attend the Sept. 21 meeting at Smithsburg High School. The general public may attend the meeting anytime between 5-8 p.m.; there will be no formal presentation and company representatives will share project details at a series of informational tables. Potomac Edison expects to file an application with the Maryland Public Service Commission later this year seeking approval to rebuild the existing line.
Potomac Edison is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. and serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. For more information, visit www.potomacedison.com.