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Met-Ed, Penelec begin work on 2016 reliability projects

MetropolitanEdison Co. and PennsylvaniaElectric Co. have started work on their 2016 electric systemprojects that are designed to improve reliability in their service areas.

The projects are part of the subsidiaries'five-year infrastructure improvement plans that were by the Pennsylvania PublicUtility Commission, according to two separate news releases.

For 2016, Met-Ed is spending $7 million to replace manuallyoperated switches and circuit reclosers with remote-controlled devices, replaceporcelain protective switches on wires with new polymer devices, add newconnection points where circuits can be tied together, install more than 1,000fuses and rehabilitate a power line in Stroudsburg.

Met-Ed, which serves 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvaniacounties, expects to spend an additional $43 million through 2020 under itslong-term plan.

Meanwhile, Penelec is investing $11 million to replaceprotective switches, add new connection points, install radio-controlledswitches on electric circuits, rehabilitate power lines in Phillipsburg, Erieand Oil City and replace overhead wire, automated reclosing devices,transformers, fuses and animal guards.

Penelec, which serves 600,000 customers in 31 counties inPennsylvania, expects to spend an additional $56 million through 2020.