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Met-Ed to cut ribbon on new transmission substation near Bernville

Published On: Jul 23 2013 11:29:26 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON TWP., Pa. -

Met-Ed is set to cut the ribbon on its newest transmission substation in Berks County.

A ceremony involving Met-Ed personnel and federal, state and local officials has been scheduled for Friday morning at the new Northkill Substation on Route 183 in Jefferson Township, just north of Bernville.

The substation, which cost nearly $10 million to build, will provided additional power capacity in the area and support local industrial and commercial growth and future development, officials said.

PJM, the regional power grid operator, also recommended Met-Ed build the substation for reliability purposes, officials said.

The project is part of a $116 million investment in the expansion and strengthening of existing infrastructure in Met-Ed's 15-county service area, officials said.

"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," said Mike Doran, Met-Ed's regional president.

Met-Ed, a Muhlenberg Township-based subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves approximately 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties.