Line and Substation Equipment Work Underway in Penelec Area to Enhance Service Reliability

Projects Add Equipment and Remote Controls to Reduce Number and Duration of Power Outages

ERIE, Pa., Aug. 8, 2017 -- Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) is completing work on approximately $14.5 million of electric system projects as part of a targeted 2017 program specifically designed to reduce the number and duration of power outages experienced by the company's 590,000 customers.

The work involves installing enhanced protective devices on wires and poles, rebuilding electric lines, including replacing damaged insulators, poles, cross arms and wire, and installing automated and remote control devices.

The projects are part of Penelec's 2016-2020 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan (LTIIP) approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  Ultimately, this special program focuses on distribution infrastructure enhancement projects in the Penelec service area, with a total of $70 million being spent through 2020 on system improvements.

"The additional projects are intended to benefit Penelec customers by complementing the work we already do each year to enhance the reliability of our electric system," said Scott Wyman, regional president of Penelec.  "We continue working to make our system the best it can be when it comes to limiting the number and duration of outages our customers experience."

The LTIIP projects slated for completion this year in the Penelec service area include:

In 2018, Penelec is expected to spend an additional $16 million on similar projects.

Penelec, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), serves approximately 590,000 customers in 31 Pennsylvania counties.  Follow Penelec on Twitter @Penelec and on Facebook at

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

Editor's Note:  Photos of similar equipment being installed as part of Penelec's Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan are available for download on Flickr.


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