FirstEnergy Corp has announced plans to invest between $700m and $900m over the next five years on a series of electric transmission projects, to enhance service reliability across its five-state service area in the US.
FirstEnergy's 'Energizing the Future' initiative will include transmission projects, new or rebuilt high voltage power lines, new substations, and the installation of specialised voltage regulating equipment in northern Ohio.
All of the projects planned by FirstEnergy have been approved by PJM Interconnection, an independent system operator based in Pennsylvania.
FirstEnergy Transmission vice president, Carl Bridenbaugh, said the firm has worked closely with PJM Interconnection to develop solutions that reinforce its transmission system, particularly in areas where power plants will be deactivated.
"Whether it's new high voltage transmission lines, new substations, or installing voltage regulating equipment at the power plants being deactivated, we are committed to providing ongoing communications to affected stakeholders - particularly governmental officials and customers - and will minimise impacts to property owners and the environment wherever possible as these projects are built."
In addition to the work in Ohio, transmission projects will be completed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland.
Key projects include a new 345kV transmission line connecting the company's Bruce Mansfield plant in Pennsylvania to a new substation to be built in the Cleveland suburb of Glenwillow.
Image: First Energy will build transmission projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland. Photo: courtesy of greenphile.