Ohio Edison upgrades components before winter
Crews with Ohio Edison are completing grid modernization work, which will enhance electric service reliability for more than 200,000 customers in Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula and Columbiana counties.
More than 20 new automatated reclosing devices have been installed, which will help limit the frequency, duration and scope of service interruptions, Ohio Edison said in a news release.
Eleven miles of existing power lines also were replaced with a more durable wire, along with new utility poles.
Those devices work like a circuit breaker, shutting off power when trouble occurs. The mechanisms automatically re-energize a powerline within seconds during certain types of outages so power is flowing safely to customers.
Personnel also can restore service to customers automatically rather than a crew being sent out to investigate. This is useful in rural or hard-to-access areas.
Utility personnel also completed inspections on weather-sensitive equipment ahead of winter.