FirstEnergy subsidiary American Transmission Systems has completed a project to upgrade a 69 kV high-voltage transmission line in Clark County, Ohio.
The project, which was part of FirstEnergy’s Energizing the Future initiative, involved replacing 105 wood poles along six miles of the line and installing five new steel poles on foundations. The company also installed new wires along a portion of the route and made equipment upgrades at four substations that connect to the line.
The $20 million project, which started in August 2022 and completed in June this year, is designed to help prevent unplanned outages due to severe weather and to enhance service reliability for approximately 35,000 customers in the area.
Energizing the Future is a multi-year initiative that is designed to upgrade FirstEnergy’s transmission system with advanced equipment and technologies. Since 2014, FirstEnergy has invested more than $10 billion in the initiative, which has included upgrading or replacing existing power lines, incorporating smart technology into the grid, and upgrading dozens of substations with new equipment and enhanced security features.
The upgraded transmission line spans over 11 miles in the northeastern direction through Springfield Township and Moorefield Township, with some sections running alongside Interstate 68.