A subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. will energize a new 138-kV transmission line and substation later this month to enhance service reliability for Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers across northern Ohio.
"In recent years, a number of older power plants have closed across our region while new sources of energy are being connected to the grid," said Carl Bridenbaugh, vice president, Transmission. "This changing energy mix often requires new transmission lines to be built that can maintain service reliability and supply power from where it is generated to where it is needed. The route selected for this project will allow us to deliver clean and affordable energy to the region, while minimizing the project's impact on communities and the environment."
Since 2014, FirstEnergy's transmission companies have upgraded or replaced existing transmission lines, incorporated new, smart technology into the grid, and outfitted dozens of substations with new equipment and enhanced security features. These upgrades are producing reliability improvements across the company's transmission system.
Following are images from the final stages of construction for the newest line.