PPL Electric Utilities energized a new power transmission line in Pennsylvania's Bucks and Lehigh counties June 21, improving the reliability of electric power service for 50,000 homes and businesses throughout the region.
The new 6.6-mile Coopersburg-Quakertown transmission line was built in Springfield and Richland townships in Bucks County and Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County.
The transmission line will serve customers in West Rockhill, Richland, Upper Saucon, Springfield, Bethlehem, Lower Saucon and Salisbury townships, as well as the boroughs of Quakertown, Perkasie and Coopersburg.
The $15 million line will allow PPL to reroute power more quickly — including during devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy — reducing the number and duration of power outages.
A new, $24 million electrical substation also is part of the project. Under construction along Hickon Road in Springfield Township, the substation is expected to go into service around the end of this year.
The new substation and transmission line are among about 30 projects that will improve the electric delivery service for customers in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks-Montgomery county areas. In 2013, PPL Electric Utilities will invest nearly $1 billion to strengthen and modernize its transmission and distribution facilities across its 29-county service territory, the largest capital program in the utility’s history.
PPL Electric Utilities, a unit of PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania.