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FirstEnergy plans infrastructure upgrades in W.Va.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- FirstEnergy Corp. is planning hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure upgrades in West Virginia this year.

Ohio-based FirstEnergy said Thursday that the projects include transmission improvements, construction of new distribution lines, and replacement of underground cables, utility poles and other equipment.

FirstEnergy's president of West Virginia operations, Holly Kauffman, says in a news release that the projects are designed to help reduce the number and duration of potential outages and to prepare for future growth.

FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties. The company plans to invest $110 million in upgrades to the Mon Power system. The company's Potomac Edison subsidiary -- which provides service to the Eastern Panhandle and parts of Maryland -- will also see about $143 million in infrastructure upgrades this year.


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