As shale gas keeps fueling rapid growth in electrical power in West Virginia, FirstEnergy Corporation pushes on with upgrades to enhance service reliability. Construction is nearing completion on the company’s new transmission system reinforcement project in Harrison County, W.Va., that will help enhance service reliability for more than 14,000 Mon Power customers in Harrison, Lewis, and Gilmer counties.
The project includes the construction of a new substation near West Milford, W.Va., that features automated circuit breakers and other special equipment designed to help maintain proper voltage levels on the grid. The substation is scheduled to be energized by December of this year.
“The new substation will act as a hub, tying in several adjacent transmission lines to provide increased flexibility and resiliency to our system,” said Holly Kauffman, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia operations.
Crews also recently completed work on a six-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line that connects the new substation to an existing transmission line near Craigmoor. The line is supported by 37 new wood poles and three steel structures.
Mon Power serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company whose 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
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