Apr 5, 2012
A multiyear project to reinforce the regional electric grid and improve service reliability for homes and businesses in the Lancaster region was announced Thursday (4/5) by PPL Electric Utilities.
The $35 million initiative is planned for parts of eastern Lancaster County and nearby in western Berks County and northwestern Chester County. It is part of more than $3 billion in infrastructure improvements planned by PPL Electric Utilities to benefit customers throughout its 29-county service territory through 2015.
Electric customers in the project area are served by a network of 69-kilovolt transmission lines that are nearing their capacity. The electrical power demand on those lines from both residential and industrial customers makes it harder for PPL Electric Utilities to restore power after an outage, particularly during peak summer periods. This means customers can be without power for extended periods when they need it most.
The project’s three phases include:
The transmission line siting and construction are subject to state Public Utility Commission review and approval.
“The various phases of the project we’re announcing today are part of a comprehensive effort to bolster reliability and meet current and future power demands of our customers in the Lancaster region,” said Dave Bonenberger, general manager of Transmission and Substations for PPL Electric Utilities. “These investments will pay dividends by bolstering our ability to continue to provide a safe and reliable supply of power.”
The project will make electric service more reliable by reducing the number of power outages experienced by customers and by reducing outage duration caused by falling trees or severe weather.
PPL Electric Utilities has scheduled open houses for April 17 and 19 to receive public input on the possible paths developed for each of the two new planned power lines. The alternatives were developed following a comprehensive study of the area.
“Public input is invaluable in these projects as we finalize how best to balance all factors in siting these new facilities. We always strive to reduce, to the extent we can, impacts on people and the environment,” Bonenberger said.
The open houses have no set agenda and no formal presentations, so people may attend anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to get more details and talk with various PPL Electric Utilities experts. Open houses will be held:
Honey Brook–Twin Valley 138-69 kV Line
Tuesday, April 17
Twin Valley High School cafeteria
4897 Twin Valley Road, Elverson, PA 19520
North Lancaster–Honey Brook 138-69 kV Line
Thursday, April 19
Caernarvon Fire Company social hall
2145 Main Street, Narvon, PA 17555
Details were mailed earlier this week to property owners along each of the potential line route segments.
For more information and maps of the project area, visit the project website at www.pplreliablepower.com/lancasterregion or call the special toll-free public comment line at 1-888-808-4234.
PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania and has consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. More information is available at www.pplelectric.com.