FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities file modernization plan
FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities filed a plan at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio aimed at reducing the frequency and duration of power outages by redesigning and modernizing portions of their distribution system. The plan outlines a three-year, $450M investment in projects that will create a stronger distribution system serving customers of Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison. The projects will help restore power faster, strengthen the system against adverse weather conditions, and enhance system performance by giving operators the ability to monitor and react to issues on the grid in real time. The proposed projects will particularly focus on redesigning certain distribution lines across FirstEnergy's Ohio footprint that have experienced power outages in the past. On average, FirstEnergy expects this work could reduce outages under normal conditions by as much as 30% or more, and speed restoration time by up to 25% on power lines targeted in the plan.