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Met-Ed to invest $116M in 2013 infrastructure improvements

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 02:17:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2013 06:03:18 PM CDT

Met-Ed is spending big bucks to improve the reliability of its infrastructure throughout the 15 counties it serves in Pennsylvania.

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

Met-Ed is spending big bucks to improve the reliability of its infrastructure throughout the 15 counties it serves in Pennsylvania.

The Muhlenberg Twp., Berks Co.-based subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. announced Thursday that it will spend approximately $116 million in 2013 to expand and strengthen its existing infrastructure. 

"The planned infrastructure projects are designed to help maintain our system on a day-to-day basis to benefit Met-Ed customers now while helping to prepare our system for future load growth," said Mike Doran, regional president of Met-Ed. "Whether it be completing a new substation, installing equipment that can be operated remotely, or spending on vegetation management, our ultimate goal is to continue to enhance the reliability of our system to benefit our customers."

The major projects Met-Ed will undertake throughout its 3,500 square mile coverage area include:

  • Completing and energizing the Northkill Substation in northern Berks County, which will provide additional capacity in the area. The project, which is expected to cost nearly $10 million, is slated for completion this summer and is designed to support local industrial and commercial growth and future development.
  • Installing new sectionalizing devices, such as fuses and reclosers, to help limit the scope of unplanned outages across the entire Met-Ed service territory. The cost of this project is about $1 million.
  • Installing new sectionalizing devices, such as fuses and reclosers, to help limit the scope of unplanned outages across the entire Met-Ed service territory. The cost of this project is about $1 million.
  • Inspecting and replacing utility poles. This inspection process is conducted on a 12-year cycle. Inspections began in January, with replacement work scheduled to be completed throughout the fall.
  • Spending approximately $15 million as part of Met-Ed's ongoing vegetation management program to trim trees and maintain proper clearances. Trees are the leading cause of power outages in Pennsylvania.

Met-Ed serves approximately 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties, including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lebanon, Monroe, Montgomery and Northampton.