Ohio Edison to invest $475 million on transmission and distribution upgrades

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FirstEnergy Corp. plans in investing more than $475 million this year on service reliability infrastructure upgrades in its Ohio Edison territory, about a $233 million increase compared to what the company spent on transmission and distribution infrastructure in the region last year.

The projects planned for 2014 include building new substations, starting construction on a new 100-mile transmission line, installing enhanced remote-control technology in multiple facilities, inspecting and replacing utility poles and continuing tree-trimming work.

More than $344 million of the money invested will be for transmission–related projects built and owned by American Transmissions Systems Inc., a FirstEnergy transmission company.

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