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First Energy investing heavily in the Valley's electric service

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Valley will experience major upgrades in its electric service this year.

First Energy plans to spend more than $475-million in 2014 on projects that will improve service reliability and infrastructure upgrades all over the region.

The improvements include installing remote-control equipment and breaker upgrades at sub-stations, tree trimming to reduce tree related outages, as well as replacing wire and adding capacity to major circuits in Columbiana and Trumbull counties.

"When you look at our reliability numbers, they're actually pretty good. But what we want to do with this investment is continue to make it better. As far as reducing the number of outages, and if an outage does occur we want to make sure that outage is as short as possible," said First Energy spokesperson Mark Durbin.

First Energy says in the Ohio Edison region, their research is showing there have been fewer outages that last for shorter periods of time.

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