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Mon Power to spend $60M on improvements

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- FirstEnergy Corp. said Monday it will spend $60 million this year to upgrade and improve the reliability of its electrical system for the 34 West Virginia counties served by its Mon Power subsidiary.

The projects will improve day-to-day service and allow for future growth, said Holly Kauffman, president of West Virginia operations for Ohio-based FirstEnergy. They're already part of Mon Power's rates, the company said, so there is no impact on bills for its 385,000 customers.

More than $11 million will go toward expanding the distribution system to new residential and commercial customers in the region, Kauffman said, while another $7 million will fund improvements to the high-voltage transmission system.

Other major projects include the $3 million installation of a second transformer at the Miracle Run Substation near Morgantown to add capacity and improve reliability in Monongalia County.

Another $3 million will go toward inspecting and replacing distribution poles, a process conducted on a 12-year cycle in the state. That work should be completed before winter.