Allegheny Power has completed $156 million in infrastructure improvements and new construction in West Virginia over the past two years. Allegheny works year-round to ensure reliable electric service for its customers, including more than 500,000 homes and businesses in The Mountain State.
“Our primary responsibility is to ensure that reliable electricity is available at a flip of the switch or push of a button – regardless of whether it’s a sweltering summer day in Parkersburg or a snowy winter night in Berkeley Springs,” said Rodney Dickens, president of Allegheny Power. “We are continuously working to monitor, maintain and improve Allegheny’s electric system in order to provide our customers with high quality service.”
The company’s comprehensive service reliability program includes: inspection and preventative maintenance of lines, substations and other electrical equipment; investment in infrastructure improvements; tree trimming; employee training; and testing and updating of operations and support systems. Infrastructure upgrades in West Virginia include:
Among the more than 15 critical projects completed in West Virginia were:
In addition, Allegheny spent almost $26 million since September 2008 for vegetation management activities in its service territory in West Virginia’s northern and eastern panhandle regions. Trees contacting power lines and other electric facilities are a major cause of service interruptions, especially during storms and other severe weather.
The company’s investment for infrastructure improvement and new construction in 2008 and 2009 in its four-state service territory will total more $360 million, excluding the TrAIL and PATH projects.