Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), spent approximately $246 million in 2013 for scheduled reliability enhancement projects.
These upgrades included three new substations, rebuilding circuits, inspecting and replacing utility poles and continuing vegetation management programs.
Other projects included nearly $7 million in rebuilds and upgrades to circuits which are expected to limit the frequency and duration of power outages.
Highlights of other Ohio Edison projects include:
-- Completing the new Black River Substation, which will provide support for system load growth. The project cost $15 million and included removing transmission lines.
-- Completed approximately $22 million of vegetation management work along nearly 5,000 miles of electrical lines.
-- Rebuilt a 16-mile section of a 138kV transmission line, costing $19.8 million to enhance the transmission system.
-- Inspecting and replacing utility poles. More than $9 million was spent to inspect about 58,000 poles and replace about 2,500.
-- Installed more than $3 million in improved relays and computer control systems at substations for monitoring and operations.
-- Purchased 26 new vehicles at a cost of $5.5 million.
-- Built two new modular substations to serve areas of growing load. The combined costs for the two projects total about $4 million.
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