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  • JCP&L Showcases Utility Students and Versatile Vehicles at "New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week" Event
    By combining learning hands on utility skills at JCP L s training facilities with technical coursework at local community college classrooms PSI is a great example of businesses working with higher education institutions to help fill key line worker and substation electrician jobs The event also included a demonstration of some of the highly efficient and cost effective vehicles the PSI students ultimately will use to help JCP L maintain its system or help restore power faster if a large scale outage occurs These PSI students represent an important addition to the JCP L workforce and will be committed to helping us to continue our efforts to enhance service reliability for our customers said JCP L President Jim Fakult They will receive training on how to operate standard bucket trucks but we also have access to several unique vehicles designed to operate in all types of conditions The vehicle demonstrations included The Bronto an aerial truck with a boom and bucket that can extend to 197 feet and is used for work on transmission lines and structures The Rolligon an all terrain vehicle with large tires specially designed to work in environmentally sensitive areas The Pressure Digger a device for digging in rocky soil conditions The aerial saw a unique tree trimming tool deployed from a helicopter to cost effectively trim trees in hard to access areas JCP L s Mobile Emergency Command Center Currently 53 are students enrolled in JCP L s PSI program PSI is a two year program where graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree with a focus on electric utility technology Students currently enrolled in the PSI program are on track to graduate in the spring of 2017 and would be available to join the JCP L workforce Information sessions for prospective students

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/jcp-l-showcases-utility-students-and-versatile-vehicles-at--new-.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Work Continues on New FirstEnergy Transmission Line and Substation in West Virginia
    New FirstEnergy Transmission Line and Substation in West Virginia Project Will Enhance Mon Power Service Reliability in Harrison County Area Topics FirstEnergy Corp Transmission Mon Power Service Reliability FAIRMONT W Va Oct 13 2015 Construction is nearing completion on a new FirstEnergy Corp NYSE FE transmission system reinforcement project in Harrison County W Va that will help enhance service reliability for more than 14 000 Mon Power customers in Harrison Lewis and Gilmer counties The project includes the construction of a new substation near West Milford W Va that features automated circuit breakers and other special equipment designed to help maintain proper voltage levels on the grid The substation is scheduled to be energized by December of this year Crews also recently completed work on a six mile 138 kilovolt kV transmission line that connects the new substation to an existing transmission line near Craigmoor The line is supported by 37 new wood poles and three steel structures The new substation will act as a hub tying in several adjacent transmission lines to provide increased flexibility and resiliency to our system said Holly Kauffman president of FirstEnergy s West Virginia operations These upgrades are designed to enhance service reliability for our customers now and also in the future as we continue to experience rapid electric load growth from the shale gas industry in the region Mon Power serves about 385 000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties Follow Mon Power on Twitter MonPowerWV 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 Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www firstenergycorp com and on Twitter FirstEnergyCorp Editor s

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/work-continues-on-new-firstenergy-transmission-line-and-substati.html (2016-02-13)
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  • FirstEnergy Again Named Top Utility for Economic Development by Site Selection Magazine
    party capital investment to its Ohio Pennsylvania New Jersey West Virginia and Maryland service areas that is expected to create more than 6 000 new jobs The award recognizes utility companies that complement reliable power delivery to their customers with a hands on approach to encouraging business development in their operational areas Recipient utilities are chosen based on a mix of objective and subjective criteria including what the utility does to help create jobs and facilitate investment in its area website tools and data that can be used to help business development and survey responses from customers and potential customers FirstEnergy s economic development team works hard to attract new businesses and to encourage existing businesses to expand in our service area said Patrick Kelly director of economic development at FirstEnergy Site Selection magazine s award demonstrates that our efforts to promote job creation continue to enjoy success and recognition in the industry Among the largest job creating developments fostered by FirstEnergy s collaborative economic development activities in 2014 were MarkWest Liberty Midstream Evans City Butler County Pa 202 million invested 61 new jobs AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Frederick County Md 200 million invested 300 new jobs MSK Monmouth Holmdel Monmouth County NJ 217 million invested 160 new jobs Toledo Refinery Oregon Lucas County Ohio 140 million invested 480 new jobs Other ongoing FirstEnergy economic development programs and partnerships that continue to help create new jobs and generate capital investments include FirstProspector an interactive internet mapping program that allows users to search for available land sites and commercial buildings in FirstEnergy s service area The program which includes presentation quality demographic and business analysis reports is designed to help speed up and simplify the search process for new locations IMPACTfactor a computer simulation program for economic development that helps FirstEnergy s communities

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/firstenergy-again-named-top-utility-for-economic-development-by-.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Work to Begin on New FirstEnergy Transmission Substation to Support West Virginia Shale Gas Industry
    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 proposed water discharge regulations and the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency s Clean Power Plan coal combustion residuals regulations Cross State Air Pollution Rule Mercury and Air Toxics Standards including our estimated costs of compliance 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 the timing thereof as they relate to the reliability of the transmission grid the impact of other future changes to the operational status or availability of our generating units and any capacity penalties associated with outages at a given unit adverse regulatory or legal decisions and outcomes with respect to our nuclear operations including but not limited to the revocation or non renewal of necessary licenses approvals or operating permits by the Nuclear Regulatory

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/work-to-begin-on-new-firstenergy-transmission-substation-to-supp.html (2016-02-13)
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  • MEDIA ADVISORY - JCP&L to Hold News Conference to Discuss Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin
    Fixed Income Investors Shareholder Services Corporate Governance Investor 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 MEDIA ADVISORY JCP L to MEDIA ADVISORY JCP L to Hold News Conference to Discuss Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin New Jersey Lieutenant Governor and Union Beach Mayor to Join JCP L President Jim Fakult Topics Storm Updates FirstEnergy Corp JCP L Storm Preparedness What Jersey Central Power Light JCP L will provide details on proactive steps the company has taken to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin Who Jim Fakult JCP L president Honorable Kim Guadagno New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Honorable Paul Smith Union Beach Mayor Tony Hurley JCP L vice president Operations Mark Jones JCP L vice president External Affairs When Friday October 2 2015 12 30 p m Where Jersey Central Power Light Union Beach Line Shop 1500 Florence Avenue Union Beach New Jersey 07735 Contact Ron Morano JCP L 973 401 8097 rmorano firstenergycorp com PRNewswire Oct 2 2015 FirstEnergy Home About FirstEnergy Newsroom Investors Social Media FirstEnergy Solutions Environment Community Economic Development Careers Privacy Legal Statement Website Terms of

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/media-advisory---jcp-l-to-hold-news-conference-to-discuss-prepar.html (2016-02-13)
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  • JCP&L Continues Preparations for Hurricane Joaquin, Offers Resources to Help Customers Stay Informed
    will be updated with restoration progress and resources such as water and ice locations Current storm information will be shared via traditional media channels and JCP L s Twitter and Facebook accounts Customers also can subscribe to the company s email or text message alert notification service to receive storm updates JCP L s My Town municipal web pages which provide the number of customers in each municipality a description of the local electrical system and storm safety information are updated following significant storms with the number and percentage of customers out of power information about the time and cause of outages damage assessment information a description of restoration efforts and estimated restoration times County level outage information including the number and percent of customers affected is also provided Over the past three years JCP L has worked continuously to strengthen and enhance its electric system and make it easier for customers to get the information they need if they do experience a power outage particularly in the wake of major storms As part of this effort JCP L has developed new storm damage assessment and restoration processes to expedite power restoration efforts and provide more accurate and timely updates to customers through a wide array of communication channels Customers who are impacted by a power outage are reminded to immediately report the outage to JCP L Customer outage reports are the first step to help the company pinpoint damage locations and restore power more quickly Customers can use the following tools to report an outage Phone 888 LIGHTSS 888 544 4877 Website visit www jcp l com from a computer or smartphone App Download JCP L s free app for your phone Text message Text OUT to 544487 New users will be prompted to register their account Social media

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/jcp-l-continues-preparations-for-hurricane-joaquin--offers-resou.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Potomac Edison Planning for Possible Impact of Hurricane Joaquin
    required to assist with storm restoration efforts over the next several days As we prepare for this storm we are implementing many of the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy to help accelerate the restoration efforts said James A Sears Jr FirstEnergy s president of Maryland Operations and vice president of Potomac Edison Additionally Joaquin may provide our first opportunity to use our new storm damage assessment app that automatically uploads information from the field to our electronic outage management system This powerful technology will streamline our work to get the most customers restored to service in the shortest amount of time Other steps Potomac Edison is taking to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin include Communicating with emergency management officials state officials regulators and local officials about our storm preparation efforts Beginning preliminary planning for staging areas for outside crews and equipment Working with mutual assistance groups to arrange for outside utility crews to assist in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1 888 LIGHTSS 1 888 544 4877 to report their outage or click the Report Outage link at www firstenergycorp com FirstEnergy customers also can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive important storm information Customers can also use two way text messaging to report outages request updates on restoration efforts and make other inquiries about their electric accounts More information about these communication tools is available online at www firstenergycorp com connect In the event of severe weather customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department Customers should never go near a downed power line even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four way stops For severe weather the company encourages customers to plan ahead for the possibility of electric service interruptions by following these tips Safety Tips During Outages Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home Avoid using candles to light your home especially around children and pets If you have a water well and pump keep an emergency supply of bottled water and or fill your bathtub with fresh water Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking Have a hard wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when the power is out Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person Do not use gas stoves kerosene heaters or other open flame heat sources indoors These can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to build up in your home Keep a battery powered radio with extra batteries on hand Tune to a local station for current

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/potomac-edison-planning-for-possible-impact-of-hurricane-joaquin.html (2016-02-13)
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  • FirstEnergy Supports Project at Ohio State Mansfield Campus to Expand Population of Insects that Pollinate Plants
    The environmental effort is a collaboration between FirstEnergy Ohio State University Ohio State Extension the Pollinator Partnership Ohio Prairie Nursery Arnold s Landscaping Davey Tree and the Utility Arborists Association The project involves sowing plant species native to Ohio on a plot under a FirstEnergy 138 kilovolt transmission line that crosses the Ohio State Mansfield campus The goal of the demonstration project is to create a habitat favored by the insects and animals that pollinate flowers agricultural crops fruit trees and other plants while also helping utilities obtain the transmission line clearances needed to ensure safe and reliable electric service to customers Encouraging the growth of these special plants in transmission line corridors is an idea gaining momentum in the utility industry said Steven E Strah president FirstEnergy Utilities We expect the outcome of the experiment to produce positive environmentally friendly results that can be used in the 14 000 miles of transmission line rights of way FirstEnergy maintains The research plot will include different beds that include native seed mixes and plants specifically designed to attract the types of insects that pollinate flowers trees and crops The garden will serve as a demonstration plot for students faculty members and community members to learn about plants beneficial to hummingbirds butterflies and native bees and how to create similar habitat on their own property Providing habitat for insects that pollinate trees plants and shrubs is an emerging priority for public and private land managers It is estimated that native insects are responsible for pollinating 75 percent of the country s flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of the agricultural crops In addition monarch butterflies have suffered significant declines in the past decade and are in need of additional habitat that is suitable to sustain their migrations FirstEnergy has a history of

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/news_releases/firstenergy-supports-project-at-ohio-state-mansfield-campus-to-e.html (2016-02-13)
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