FirstEnergy to inspect poles in area

Staff Report

FirstEnergy plans to spend money locally for improvements to distribution and transmission infrastructure. The company plans to invest about $113 million in 2017 with a goal of enhancing reliability for more than 300,000 customers in Toledo Edison’s western Ohio service territory.

Projects scheduled include work on new transmission lines, replacing and enhancing existing transmission lines, replacing equipment used to monitor and respond to grid conditions, installing remote control equipment on distribution circuits, and inspecting and replacing utility poles.

“Each year we review our system to look for projects that can bring the greatest benefit to the largest number of customers,” said Rich Sweeney, president of Toledo Edison.

FirstEnergy projects scheduled in the Toledo Edison footprint in 2017 include:

• Inspecting more than 22,000 wooden poles in Swanton, Whitehouse, Holgate, Toledo, Clay Center, Rossford, Walbridge, Cygnet, Pemberville, Bellevue and Lyons at a cost of $3 million.

• Replacing the wire on a 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs about 24 miles between substations in Troy Township and Liberty Center to enhance service reliability for thousands of customers in Henry, Lucas and Wood counties. The cost of the work is approximately $11.8 million.

• Installing fiber optic lines and equipment in multiple locations in western Ohio to enhance automated monitoring devices and remote control equipment at a cost of about $12 million.

• Enhancing substation security measures at a cost of $7.6 million

• Installing breakers, relays, switches, capacitors and other equipment across the service area at a cost of about $2 million.

• Rebuilding a 69-kv transmission line that connects substations in Toledo and Oregon at a cost of $900,000.

Staff Report