PP&L's plan to improve electric service to the Poconos won state approval Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the utility’s proposed Northeast Pocono Reliability Project, a $335 million project that involves building new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt power line running about 60 miles, primarily through Lackawanna and Wayne counties.
The planned work will boost the reliability of electrical service for 250,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers in the Poconos and surrounding areas of northeast Pennsylvania.
Customers in Carbon, Luzerne, Monroe and Pike counties will benefit from the project, which will improve existing 69-kilovolt power lines in the region. The planned work will reduce the number of outages in the area and the duration of outages caused by severe weather and falling trees.
The improvements will increase reliability in a region where electric use has grown for decades because of new home construction and general increased power use from appliances and electronics.
PPL submitted the project to the PUC in late December 2012, after soliciting public input at 13 community meetings in the project region.
“We’re pleased the PUC gave the go-ahead for this important work,” said Stephanie Raymond, PPL Electric Utilities Transmission and Substation vice president.
“Investing in our system and keeping it strong means more reliable service for customers.”
PPL Electric Utilities is working with various agencies to secure necessary environmental permits.
Initial work will include tree clearing along the route for the new power line.
It’s estimated the project could be complete in 2017.
More information can be found on the project website.