FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power is upgrading four miles of a high-voltage transmission power line in Preston County, West Virginia.
The project will support the local transmission system against severe weather, meet future energy demands of the region and enhance service reliability for 5,000 customers in the Kingwood area.
Mon Power will replace the existing wood structures with 29 new steel poles to withstand severe weather elements, including high winds; install new wires to carry more electrical load and accommodate greater customer demand; enable the line to carry increased power flow in the event of unplanned service interruptions on other transmission lines in the area.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of December 2023. Area customers will be served by an alternate power line and will not experience any service interruptions during the construction work.
"This important upgrade will help to reinforce the transmission system and help ensure the reliable delivery of power for many years to come for thousands of customers in Preston County,” said Carl Bridenbaugh, vice president of Transmission for FirstEnergy.