- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - FirstEnergy Corp. plans to spend $48 million to expand a western Pennsylvania substation to ensure Penn Power customers continue to get enough electricity from a regional grid.

Company spokesman Doug Colafella tells the Beaver County Times (https://bit.ly/1FaJqFH ) that the move comes “in response to announced retirements of power plants in the area.”

PJM Interconnection, which runs the grid, asked FirstEnergy to expand the substation because it determined the grid’s electrical supply won’t meet demand after the plants close.

Colafella says FirstEnergy hopes to complete the expansion by June 1.

The substation is in Big Beaver, about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

The company is pursuing a zoning appeal in that municipality so the project can continue.


Information from: Beaver County Times, https://www.timesonline.com/



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