With 16 local projects in the region, PPL Electric Utilities has allocated more than $14 million for transmission infrastructure improvements that will benefit area customers this year.
Among the larger investments are two new distribution substations in Augustaville, Northumberland County, and Lansford, Carbon County, both of which will be completed this fall, in addition to upgrades to 18 substations to replace older equipment and enhanced technology for improved operations.
The substation upgrades will take place at two facilities in Columbia County (Rohrsburg and West Bloomsburg); two in Carbon County (East Penn and Penn Forest townships); two in Northumberland County (Watsontown and Mahanoy Township); three in Luzerne County (Kidder Township, Bear Creek and Exeter); three in Lycoming County (Montoursville, Muncy and Williamsport); three in Schuylkill County (Schuylkill and Brunswick townships and Fountain Springs); and facilities in Lock Haven, Clinton County; Beavertown, Snyder County; and Laurelton, Union County.
PPL Electric Utilities is investing more this year to address aging infrastructure, strengthen its electric delivery system and improve reliability for customers.
Much of the distribution work involves installing new power lines to improve the performance of local circuits. The new lines are like opening roads that provide more alternate routes for electricity, allowing more opportunities to deliver power and restore service faster when outages occur. The new lines will be equipped with fuses, relays and automated switches.
PPL Electric Utilities, a unit of PPL Corp., provides electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania.