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  • FirstEnergy's Power Plants Prepared to Operate Reliably Through Winter Weather
    new peak demand record was set in February 2015 and they are again prepared to deliver during winter conditions this year In addition to its three nuclear power plants six coal fired generating stations and six oil and natural gas plants FirstEnergy owns or controls electricity generation at nine hydro and wind facilities for a total capacity of nearly 17 000 megawatts across Ohio Pennsylvania West Virginia New Jersey Virginia and Illinois Collectively these assets produced nearly 24 5 million megawatt hours of electricity from July through September 2015 the hottest months of the year One megawatt powers approximately 1 000 homes Continued strong performance throughout the winter months will help ensure FirstEnergy is well positioned to meet demand peaks such as those experienced during recent harsh winters To prepare for frigid temperatures and icy conditions plant operators installed storm barriers to protect plant equipment from winter weather set up heating elements that provide additional warmth to piping provided temporary heaters in areas most susceptible to cold added anti freeze to equipment and increased fuel stockpiles at coal fired facilities Throughout the winter operators run water pumps more often to avoid freezing keep oil flow within transformers more constant and take precautions to prevent cooling towers from icing FirstEnergy will also stay in close contact with PJM Interconnection L L C the regional grid operator to avoid scheduling plant maintenance work during periods of high electricity demand Winter preparations also were supported by a number of long term reliability projects completed at FirstEnergy generating facilities this year A new large transformer that connects Beaver Valley with the electrical grid was delivered to the plant this fall where it will be maintained as a spare that can be quickly and efficiently installed should there be an issue with one of the

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  • JCP&L Continues Circuit Upgrades to Enhance Service Reliability
    experience growth in the Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments and to successfully implement our revised sales strategy for the Competitive Energy Services segment the accomplishment of our regulatory and operational goals in connection with our transmission investment plan including but not limited to our pending transmission rate case the proposed transmission asset transfer and the effectiveness of our repositioning strategy to reflect a more regulated business profile changes in assumptions regarding economic conditions within our territories assessment of the reliability of our transmission system or the availability of capital or other resources supporting identified transmission investment opportunities the impact of the regulatory process on the pending matters at the federal level and in the various states in which we do business including but not limited to matters related to rates and the Electric Security Plan IV in Ohio the impact of the federal regulatory process on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC regulated entities and transactions in particular FERC regulation of wholesale energy and capacity markets including PJM Interconnection L L C PJM markets and FERC jurisdictional wholesale transactions FERC regulation of cost of service rates including FERC Opinion No 531 s revised Return on Equity methodology for FERC jurisdictional wholesale generation and transmission utility service and FERC s compliance and enforcement activity including compliance and enforcement activity related to North American Electric Reliability Corporation s mandatory reliability standards the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost allocation issues resulting from American Transmission Systems Incorporated s realignment into PJM economic or weather conditions affecting future sales and margins such as a polar vortex or other significant weather events and all associated regulatory events or actions changing energy capacity and commodity market prices including but not limited to coal natural gas and oil and their availability and impact on margins and asset valuations the continued ability of our regulated utilities to recover their costs costs being higher than anticipated and the success of our policies to control costs and to mitigate low energy capacity and market prices other legislative and regulatory changes and revised environmental requirements including but not limited to the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency s Clean Power Plan coal combustion residuals regulations Cross State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards programs including our estimated costs of compliance Clean Water Act waste water effluent limitations for power plants and Clean Water Act 316 b water intake regulation the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any litigation including New Source Review litigation or potential regulatory initiatives or rulemakings including that such initiatives or rulemakings could result in our decision to deactivate or idle certain generating units the uncertainties associated with the deactivation of certain older regulated and competitive fossil units including the impact on vendor commitments and as they relate to the reliability of the transmission grid the timing thereof the impact of other future changes to the operational status or availability of

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/jcp-l-continues-circuit-upgrades-to-enhance-service-reliability.html (2016-02-13)
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  • FirstEnergy Names Brian Paganie External Affairs Manager for Clearfield and Dubois Areas of Pennsylvania
    Contacts Careers Why FirstEnergy Diversity Inclusion Career Paths Student Opportunities Military Hiring Process Search Jobs Newsroom Home News Releases Company Profile Outage Information Media Contacts Social Media Newsroom Home News Releases FirstEnergy Names Brian P FirstEnergy Names Brian Paganie External Affairs Manager for Clearfield and Dubois Areas of Pennsylvania Topics Personnel Updates Penelec READING Pa Nov 18 2015 FirstEnergy Corp NYSE FE has named Brian Paganie the new external affairs manager for the Clearfield and Dubois areas of its Pennsylvania Electric Company Penelec utility He replaces John Shimko who has retired External affairs managers serve as liaisons between Penelec and elected officials as well as support community involvement activities They work from regional offices across Penelec s service area to provide closer proximity to and understanding of the unique issues that face each community they serve Paganie will be located at the company s Clearfield Pa service center He joined FirstEnergy in 2009 and most recently served as a major account executive for the company s unregulated affiliate FirstEnergy Solutions Paganie will be relocating to the Clearfield area from Akron Ohio He received a bachelor s degree in business administration and marketing from Ohio University Penelec serves approximately 600 000 customers in 31 Pennsylvania counties Follow Penelec on Twitter Penelec and on Facebook at www facebook com PenelecElectric FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety reliability and operational excellence Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation s largest investor owned electric systems serving customers in Ohio Pennsylvania New Jersey West Virginia Maryland and New York Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter FirstEnergyCorp Editor s Note A photo of Brian Paganie is available for download on Flickr CONTACT News Media Contact Scott Surgeoner 610 921 6785 FirstEnergy Home About FirstEnergy Newsroom Investors Social Media FirstEnergy Solutions Environment Community

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  • West Penn Power Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather
    trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season Tires are inspected each fall and replaced if necessary before winter Air braking systems also are inspected as moisture in the system can freeze and cause reduced braking efficiency The diesel fuel used in company vehicles contains a special winter additive that prevents the fuel from gelling in the cold Trucks are also outfitted with anti skid materials like sand and salt and tire chains are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed In addition snow removal equipment is being checked including plows and blowers used to help crews gain access to substations and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections on about 1 700 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the West Penn Power service area The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire broken cross arms failed insulators and other hardware problems not visible from the ground Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspection will be addressed immediately Tree trimming is another key to preparing our system to meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree related outages West Penn Power tree contractors have trimmed more than 4 000 circuit miles of electric lines since January Employee safety also is a priority during the winter West Penn Power s cold weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen substation electricians and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions West Penn Power personnel often receive extra breaks to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions FirstEnergy s utilities also have

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  • Penn Power Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather
    Preparing our infrastructure for winter operation helps to enhance the reliability of our system said Randall A Frame regional president of Ohio Edison and Penn Power Coupled with winter maintenance for our vehicles and snow removal equipment these efforts help us to provide more reliable service to our customers The pre winter work includes inspecting heating equipment for substation components including capacitor banks transformers and oil and gas filled circuit breakers Some substations also have buildings that house remote controlled relay equipment These structures will be winterized and have their heating systems checked Company bucket trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season Tires are inspected each fall and replaced if necessary before winter Air braking systems also are inspected as moisture in the system can freeze and cause reduced braking efficiency The diesel fuel used in company vehicles contains a special winter additive that prevents the fuel from gelling in the cold Trucks are also outfitted with anti skid materials like sand and salt and tire chains are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed Snow removal equipment is being checked including plows and blowers used to help crews gain access to substations and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities Helicopter patrols also completed inspections of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Penn Power service area The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire broken cross arms failed insulators and other hardware problems not visible from the ground Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspections will be addressed to minimize weather damage in severe conditions In addition tree trimming throughout the year helps meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree related outages Penn Power tree contractors have trimmed more than 900 miles of electric lines since January and expect to trim another 200 miles by year end Employee safety also is a priority during the winter Penn Power s cold weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen substation electricians and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions Penn Power personnel often take extra measures to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions FirstEnergy s utilities also have made it easier for customers to check the progress of service restoration efforts when they experience a power outage The company s 24 7 Power Center outage maps now display the status of crews restoring service after a power outage With this enhancement FirstEnergy utility customers can see when crews have been dispatched when they are working on a repair and when additional crews or equipment are needed to complete restoration work FirstEnergy utility customers also can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive billing reminders weather alerts in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages Customers

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  • Met-Ed Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather
    are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season Special emphasis is placed on the condition of tires and any air braking systems which can freeze up if moisture is present Also the diesel fuel used in company vehicles contains a special winter additive that prevents the fuel from gelling in the cold Trucks are outfitted with anti skid materials like sand and salt and tire chains are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed In addition snow removal equipment is being checked including plows and blowers used to help crews gain access to substations and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections on approximately 1 400 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Met Ed area The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire broken cross arms failed insulators and other hardware problems not visible from the ground Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspection may then be addressed Tree trimming throughout the year also helps meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree related outages Met Ed tree contractors have trimmed more than 1 730 circuit miles of electric lines since January and expect to trim another 570 miles by year end Employee safety also is a priority during the winter Met Ed s cold weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen substation electricians and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions Met Ed personnel often take extra measures to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions FirstEnergy s utilities also have made it easier for customers to check the progress of

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  • Potomac Edison Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather
    checked Company bucket trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season Tires are inspected each fall and replaced if necessary before winter Air braking systems are inspected as moisture in the system can freeze and cause reduced braking efficiency In addition the diesel fuel used in company vehicles contains a special winter additive that prevents the fuel from gelling in the cold Trucks also are outfitted with anti skid materials like sand and salt and tire chains are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed Snow removal equipment is being checked including plows and blowers used to help crews gain access to substations and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections about 1 450 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Potomac Edison service area The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire broken cross arms failed insulators and other hardware problems not visible from the ground Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspections will be addressed to minimize weather damage in severe conditions Tree trimming is another key to preparing our system to meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree related outages Potomac Edison tree contractors have trimmed more than 2 100 circuit miles of electric lines since January Employee safety also is a priority during the winter Potomac Edison s cold weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen substation electricians and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions Potomac Edison personnel often receive extra breaks to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions FirstEnergy s

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  • Mon Power Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather
    trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season Tires are inspected each fall and replaced if necessary before winter Air braking systems also are inspected as moisture in the system can freeze and cause reduced braking efficiency Also the diesel fuel used in company vehicles contains a special winter additive that prevents the fuel from gelling in the cold Trucks are also outfitted with anti skid materials like sand and salt and tire chains are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed Snow removal equipment is being checked including plows and blowers used to help crews gain access to substations and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections on nearly 2 100 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Mon Power service area The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire broken cross arms failed insulators and other hardware problems not visible from the ground Any critical reliability issues identified during the inspection will be addressed Tree trimming is another key to preparing our system to meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree related outages Mon Power tree contractors have trimmed nearly 3 700 circuit miles of electric lines since January Employee safety also is a priority during the winter Mon Power s cold weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen substation electricians and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions Mon Power personnel often receive extra breaks to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions FirstEnergy s utilities also have made it easier for customers to check

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