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PPL begins work on Pennsylvania smart grid developments

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, November 14, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities has announced plans to take the next steps toward improving Pennsylvania's electrical infrastructure, WFMZ 69 News reports.

According to the media outlet, the Public Utilities Commission has approved the improvement of four PPL power lines that will outfit the structures with more modern technologies. The cost of the renovations is expected to total $54 million.

But with a power grid largely established in the 1920s and 1930s, utility officials say these projects are only the beginning of a four-year, $3.4 billion project expected to bring the aging infrastructure up to 21st-century speed, the news source stated.

"This effort involves not only replacing older lines, but also building new lines and substations, implementing additional smart grid technology and other work to provide safe, reliable service," said David Bonenberger, general manager of PPL's transmission operations.

According to Fierce Energy, the upcoming projects will begin in fall 2013 and will be operational by spring 2014. The infrastructure to be worked on includes an 8-mile stretch of lines built more than 80 years ago and several lines in Lancaster and York counties.

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