Akron, Ohio, May 29, 2012 – FirstEnergy Corp. plans to build a series of transmission projects to help enhance service reliability across its five-state service area. The projects have been approved by PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization that oversees reliability in all or part of 13 states and the District of Columbia.
FirstEnergy's "Energizing the Future" initiative will include transmission projects – new or rebuilt high voltage power lines, new substations, and the installation of specialized voltage regulating equipment – in northern Ohio. PJM has determined the projects are needed to enhance system reliability as coal-fired power plants in the region are deactivated based on the U.S. EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and other environmental rules.
Transmission projects will be completed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland as part of FirstEnergy's ongoing commitment to enhance its transmission system reliability. The company estimates spending more than $700 million over the next five years on these projects.
One of the key projects involves building a new 345 kV transmission line that will run more than 100 miles from the company's Bruce Mansfield Plant in Beaver County, Pa., to a new substation that will be built in the Cleveland suburb of Glenwillow. The new substation will connect with two existing 345-kV transmission lines that run through Glenwillow. To minimize potential impacts, about 70 percent of the project is expected to involve adding a line to existing structures.
The route for the Glenwillow-Bruce Mansfield Project will be reviewed in Ohio by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and in Pennsylvania by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). If approved, the construction of the transmission line and substation will be simultaneous in order to meet PJM's June 2015 in-service date. The public will have the opportunity to comment on this project at a series of public informational meetings scheduled in mid-June in areas potentially affected by the project.
The meetings will be held on June 18, 2012, at the Western Beaver County Junior/Senior High School in Industry, Pa.; June 18, 2012, at East Palestine High School in East Palestine, Ohio; June 19, 2012, at the Mahoning County Career & Technical Center in Canfield, Ohio; June 20, 2012, at the Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna, Ohio; and June 21, 2012, at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio.