These projects were identified in Met-Ed's five-year Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan that was approved earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Ultimately, this special program will result in an additional $43 million being spent through 2020 on targeted distribution infrastructure enhancement projects in the Met-Ed area.
"The work is designed to benefit customers by complementing the projects we already do each year to enhance the reliability of our electric system," said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. "Whether it's upgrading existing circuits or installing 'smart' equipment that can be operated remotely, our goal is to the make our system the best it can be when it comes to providing reliable service."
The scheduled projects in the Met-Ed service area in 2016 include:
- Spending approximately $2.18 million to replace manually operated switches and circuit reclosers with remote controlled devices. This state-of-the-art equipment helps dispatchers to pinpoint outage locations and restore customers more quickly following an outage, helping to improve overall customer service and reliability. The work will occur throughout the entire Met-Ed service territory in 2016.
- Spending approximately $1.31 million to replace porcelain protective switches on wires with new polymer devices. The switches – known as "cutouts" – automatically open up when a system irregularity is detected, serving to protect the electrical equipment and limit the number of customers affected by an outage. In 2016, protective switches will be replaced on six circuits in Boyertown, Easton, Lebanon, Reading, Stroudsburg and York.
- Spending approximately $480,000 to add new connection points where circuits can be tied together, along with installing new sectionalizing devices such as fuses and automated switches, to help limit the number of customers affected when an outage occurs. Much of the work in 2016 will occur in Stroudsburg.
- Installing more than 1,000 fuses at a cost of about $830,000 on circuits in Boyertown, Easton, Hanover, Lebanon, Reading and York to help reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages.
- Rehabilitating a power line in Stroudsburg at a cost of approximately $140,000.
Met-Ed serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.
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