Toledo Edison Continues Work Underground to Enhance Service Reliability in Downtown ToledoImprovements Reinforce Reliability, Help Prepare for Load Growth
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 11, 2016 -- Toledo Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is completing the installation of two additional underground transformers, two control boxes and other projects to enhance service reliability for its customers in downtown Toledo.
This work is part of the company's nearly $800,000 investment in its electric system in downtown Toledo this year. Since spring, workers have installed transformers, protective devices, relays, underground cable and other equipment in several underground vaults downtown. Vaults are small rooms located under city streets that contain equipment designed to distribute electricity to customers safely and efficiently rather than using above-ground poles.
"Our 2016 maintenance program is strong, with a specific focus on downtown Toledo's underground network," said Rich Sweeney, regional president of Toledo Edison. "Completing these downtown projects by the end of the summer assures our grid remains reliable through the fall and winter months, when work underground is more difficult to complete. In addition to our investments downtown, by the end of the year we will have invested millions on other infrastructure projects across our northwest Ohio service territory."
Other downtown Toledo work planned for this year includes modifying service to the new Promedica headquarters building and parking garage, replacing a concrete vault top on Cherry Street and underground cable in multiple locations.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 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. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.
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