FirstEnergy breaks ground on substation in Lorain

Akron, Ohio, May 2, 2012 — FirstEnergy Corp. broke ground for a substation and associated transmission lines in Lorain, Ohio, designed to support the new arc furnace Republic Steel is building at its Lorain facility.

Known as the Black River Substation, the new facility will provide 138 kV (or 138,000 volt) power to support future operations at Republic Steel. The new substation also will have the capacity to supply power to much of the city of Lorain. Ultimately, the new substation is expected to replace the existing Edgewater Substation and transmission lines along the Lake Erie waterfront.

The design, planning, construction and commissioning of the Black River Substation will involve more than 75 FirstEnergy employees and local contractors. The substation, which will be owned and operated by FirstEnergy unit American Transmission Systems, Incorporated, is expected to be online by June 2013.

FirstEnergy owns or operates a total generating capacity of about 23,000 MW.

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