FirstEnergy crews assist with storm restoration in Maryland, W. Virginia

Akron, Ohio, January 28, 2011 — FirstEnergy Corp. utilities have sent more than 250 employees — including 86 line crews — to Maryland and West Virginia to help restore electrical service to those affected by the heavy snow that hit the eastern U.S. yesterday.

The company’s mutual assistance effort includes:

* 30 crews from Ohio Edison/Pennsylvania Power working in Allegheny Energy’s Frederick, Md., service territory

* 20 crews from Pennsylvania Electric Co. working in Allegheny Energy’s

Cumberland, Md., service territory

* 14 crews from Jersey Central Power & Light working in Baltimore Gas & Electric’s Baltimore, service territory

* 12 crews from Metropolitan Edison Co. working in Pepco’s Gaithersburg, Md., service territory

* 10 crews from Toledo Edison working in Allegheny Energy’s Fairmont, W. Va., service territory

FirstEnergy also is sending 20 damage assessors to assist in West Virginia.

“Our industry has a long-standing tradition of working together to help restore electrical service to areas affected by severe weather,” said Charles E. Jones, Jr., senior vice president & president, FirstEnergy Utilities. “When it comes to storm restoration work, FirstEnergy employees have shown time and time again they are some of the best in the business.”

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