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Mon Power projects aim to reduce Mid-Ohio Valley outages, durations

A Mon Power worker performs line work in this photo provided by the company. Mon Power announced recent projects to reduce service interruptions for customers, including residents of Calhoun, Doddridge and Wetzel counties. (File Photo)

FAIRMONT — Projects completed this year in Calhoun, Doddridge, Wetzel and other counties are designed to reduce service interruptions for approximately 4,580 Mon Power customers.

“These strategic improvements support our efforts to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers, helping to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages across our service area,” said Jim Myers, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia operations.

Mon Power is a subsidiary of First Energy that serves about 395,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties.

In Doddridge and Monongalia counties, improvements were made to existing lines that tie customers to alternate circuits, providing backup power in the event of a power outage. It’s expected to reduce the duration of power outages for 227 customers in the West Union area, according to a release from First Energy.

In Calhoun and Braxton counties, new bi-directional voltage regulators were installed to improve power restoration capabilities for customers, including approximately 120 in the Grantsville area. When customers experience an outage, these regulators help ensure that backup power from an alternate circuit flows in the proper direction, the release said.

The installation of new overhead equipment, such as crossarms and insulators, should enhance reliability for 1,554 customers in the Hundred area, as well as portions of Marion and Mineral counties.

Mon Power is working on additional reliability projects that are scheduled for completion in late 2021 and early 2022, the release said.

The company also continues to clear vegetation around nearly 5,700 miles of power lines as part of its 2021 tree-trimming program. Maintaining proper clearances around electrical equipment and removing dead or diseased trees can help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, especially those due to severe weather.

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