FirstEnergy recently announced the results of a major effort to upgrade its system during 2020 – an effort that included installation of TransGard fences.
FirstEnergy Corp.’s Pennsylvania utilities completed more than $120 million in major projects over the last year that include infrastructure and technological upgrades to the electric distribution system.
The investment is part of a five-year plan designed to enhance electric service reliability and minimize the impact of outages for two million customers served by Pennsylvania Power (Penn Power), West Penn Power, Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) and Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed).
In addition to new equipment and electrical line upgrades, FirstEnergy utilities installed TransGard fencing in problem substations to help deter climbing animals and protect against electrical equipment interference that can cause power outages.
The interior fencing encircles sensitive equipment, keeping animals out of harm’s way and electricity safely flowing to customers.
These targeted investments to the electric distribution system are making a positive difference, including noted reductions in the frequency of service interruptions.