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Mon Power Completed $60 Million in Upgrades in North Central WV

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Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation, has completed a number of reliability projects in 2013, according to a news release from the company. These projects were designed enhance the electrical system and reliability to the 34 counties it services in North Central West Virginia.

These enhancements have both localized and widespread system benefits to customers throughout the service area.  Mon Power's overall investment for 2013 cost approximately $60 million.

"Every year we make significant investments in out system to help improve the reliability of electric service to benefit our Mon Power customers today, while also preparing for the demands of tomorrow," said Holly Kauffman, FirstEnergy's President of West Virginia Operations.

Some of the projects in 2013 include:

  • Completing $30 million of vegetation management work along more than 3,100 miles of distribution and transmission lines.
  • $1.8 million invested to support the expanding Marcellus shale gas industry
  • $2.1 million project to install a second transformer at the Miracle Run Substation to add capacity and help improve reliability in the Morgantown area.
  • $15 million to provide electrical service to new residential and commercial customers in North Central West Virginia
  • Installed enhanced protection equipment on line to improve electrical service and help limit the scope of unplanned outages for 6,100 customers in Marion, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Webster counties for $450,000.
  • Expanded substation capacity to improve service to 600 customers in the Indian Creek area of southern Monongalia for $80,000.
  • Replaced $800,000 in electrical equipment identified to enhance the transmission system.
  • Inspected more than 44,000 distribution poles and replacing about 200 poles at a cost of $1.6 million

Kauffman explained, "Another critical component of our reliability work is trimming trees and managing vegetation along our distribution and transmission corridors, because when severe weather strikes, trees are a leading cause of outages."

Another service offered in 2013 by FirstEnergy is a free smart phone app and text alerts.  This app provides customers with more information during outages, and even helps to manage resident's accounts.