The Illuminating Company Completing Enhancement of Greater Cleveland Power System Through Three-Year Grid Modernization Project
- Oct 7, 2022 2:17 am GMT
Plan filed to build on project's success through second phase of smart grid technology investments
"Every project is customized and designed to address the particular reliability needs of each community," said
Utility personnel are finalizing electrical equipment upgrades in 10 substations in the greater
These electrical devices work like a circuit breaker in a home that shuts off power when trouble occurs, with the added benefit of automatically reenergizing a substation or power line within seconds for certain types of outages to keep power safely flowing to customers. This technology is safer and more efficient because it often allows utility personnel to automatically restore service to customers in lieu of sending a crew to investigate.
If the device senses a more serious issue, like a fallen tree on electrical equipment, it will isolate the outage to that area and limit the total number of affected customers. The device's smart technology will quickly pinpoint the location of the fault and help utility personnel better understand the cause of the outage to help speed restoration.
Locations for these automated devices were determined based on a review of historical outage patterns across greater
Additional power lines that tie together existing circuits are also being constructed to provide more flexibility in restoring service following outages. The new power lines will help reduce the length of outages and the overall number of customers impacted by switching them to a backup line for faster service restoration.
Lastly, nearly 230 capacitor banks were installed to regulate voltage, helping provide energy savings by reducing the amount of electricity that must be generated and evenly distributing electricity to allow all customers served by a single power line to receive the same flow of safe, reliable power.
Beyond the company's investments in power lines and equipment,
In addition to power infrastructure upgrades, the proposed plan also includes several pilot programs that could provide enhanced customer benefits, such as installing smart underground technology in the downtown
FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in
Editor's Note: Photos of FirstEnergy utility crews completing the grid modernization work under the previously approved plan are available for download on Flickr. Video footage/B-Roll of utility crews completing grid modernization work can be viewed and downloaded here.
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