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FirstEnergy to spend $225M on W.Va. projects

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — North Central West Virginia will be the primary target for a $225 million investment by FirstEnergy Corp. on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects scheduled this year.

Major projects, according to a press release, include transmission enhancements to reinforce the system and support economic growth, constructing new distribution lines, and inspecting and replacing utility poles and other equipment.

About $97 million of the budgeted total will be for transmission-related projects owned by the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company, a FirstEnergy transmission affiliate.

“Each year we carefully review and plan transmission and distribution projects that will enhance service to our customers while also preparing our system for future load growth,” said Holly Kauffman, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia operations. “In addition to new infrastructure projects, we also place great emphasis on equipment inspections to help reduce the number of outages our customers might experience.”

Scheduled FirstEnergy projects in the Mon Power service area in 2015 include…

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