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FirstEnergy investing nearly $100M in Toledo Edison service area

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Toledo, Ohio – As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the durability and flexibility of its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) plans to invest nearly $100 million in infrastructure upgrades in its Toledo Edison service area in 2014. This represents about a $25 million increase over what the company invested in reliability and infrastructure projects in the region last year.

Major projects scheduled for 2014 include breaking ground on a new transmission substation, upgrading transmission lines and distribution circuits, transformer additions at two transmission substations, inspecting and replacing overhead and underground circuits and utility poles as needed, and ongoing tree trimming work.

"When combined with the dedicated work of our employees, these infrastructure projects have helped Toledo Edison earn the most reliable service record of any public electric utility in Ohio over the last several years," said Linda Moss, regional president of Toledo Edison. "These investments have paid off for our customers, reducing the number and length of service interruptions across our service area, and our plan for 2014 is to continue improving our system."

Of FirstEnergy's nearly $100 million infrastructure investment in the region for
2014, almost $59 million will be for transmission-related projects built and owned by
American Transmission Systems Incorporated, a FirstEnergy transmission company.
The various projects are expected to provide both localized and widespread
benefits to Toledo Edison's customers in northwest Ohio and include:

  • Beginning the construction of a new 345 kilovolt (kV) substation in Middleton
    Township in Wood County, scheduled to be completed in 2015. Spending on this
    project in 2014 will be about $18 million.
  • Continuing work on a 48-mile transmission line connecting several substations to
    help strengthen the grid and increase flexibility in routing power at a cost of $14
    million in 2014.
  • Adding transformers at area substations to increase their capacity at a cost of
    more than $12 million.
  • Replacing and upgrading equipment in several substations to help increase system
    reliability and reduce downtime. This work will include new circuit breakers, line
    spacers and insulators at a cost of more than $3 million.
  • Inspecting and replacing utility poles in Clyde, Fremont, Defiance, Green Springs,
    Swanton and Toledo. This inspection process is conducted on a 10-year cycle.
    Inspections began in January, with replacement work scheduled to be performed
    throughout the year at a cost of more than $3 million.
  • Replacing and upgrading electrical equipment and vault tops in the downtown
    Toledo underground electrical network. While underground facilities are
    generally protected from severe weather events, restoration of this equipment to
    service can take longer than restoring traditional overhead equipment.
  • Upgrading equipment on distribution circuits in Toledo, Northwood, Weston, and
    Woodville. The improvements include adding and replacing lightning protection,
    insulators, cross arms, braces, grounds and animal guards on key distribution
    lines.
  • Continuing Toledo Edison's ongoing tree trimming program to maintain proper
    clearances and help harden distribution and transmission facilities against
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