Pennsylvania utility, Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed), completed scheduled reliability enhancement projects and upgrades by year-end 2013.
Upgrades include adding automatic reclosing devices, replacing cross-arms, lightning arrestors, fuses, animal guards and spacer cable devices as needed. The upgrades will help limit the number and duration of power outages.
The enhancements and upgrades is part of an expenditure of more than $100 million in 2013 to make reliability improvements.
In 2013, Met-Ed also completed:
· Vegetation management work, costing $10 million, along more than 2,800 miles of distribution electrical lines.
· Energizing the $10 million Northkill Substation.
· Completing a nearly $2 million transmission line upgrade in the York area to enhance the transmission system.
· Completing a nearly $1 million installation of new sectionalizing devices such as fuses and reclosers to help limit the scope of unplanned outages across the service territory.
· Installing equipment to help maintain proper voltage levels. This is intended to benefit industrial and large commercial customers that operate large motors, drives and other machinery.
· Multiple reliability inspection programs, including 157 overhead and underground circuits and nearly 33,500 utility poles.