October 24, 2014 12:12 PM ET

Electric Utilities

Company Overview of West Penn Power Company

Company Overview

West Penn Power Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates an electric transmission and distribution system in Pennsylvania. The company provides its electric services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. As of July 7, 2014, it served approximately 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties. The company is based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. West Penn Power Company is a subsidiary of Allegheny Energy, Inc.

800 Cabin Hill Drive

Greensburg, PA 15601

United States

Fax:

724-837-3000

Key Executives for West Penn Power Company

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 72
President
Age: 57
Principal Financial Officer
Age: 55
Principal Accounting Officer and Controller
Age: 56
Acting Secretary
Age: 55
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

West Penn Power Company Key Developments

West Penn Power Places New Line in Service to Enhance Reliability of Southwestern Pennsylvania Transmission Network

West Penn Power announced that it has energized a new 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line designed to strengthen its regional transmission network, accommodate future load growth and help maintain reliable electric service for customers in Greene County, Pa. The 14-mile transmission line connects a substation near Kirby, Pa., with a substation in Monongalia County, W. Va. Both substations were expanded and reconfigured to accommodate the new line. While the majority of the line is located in the West Penn Power service area, the West Virginia portion of the line is expected to benefit customers of Mon Power, another FirstEnergy subsidiary. Construction on the $20 million transmission project, which includes a combination of wooden and steel structures, began in the spring 2012 and involved FirstEnergy utility crews as well as outside contractors. As part of the design, the line also is connected with a large 500 kV substation near Mt. Morris in Greene County via a new transformer that was installed separately at a cost of about $8.5 million. In 2013, West Penn Power plans to spend approximately $110 million to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in its 24-county service area. Other major projects scheduled for this year include building new circuits, replacing underground cables, and inspecting and replacing utility poles. West Penn Power also continues to implement its vegetation management program to trim trees and maintain proper clearances along nearly 4,500 miles of distribution and sub-transmission lines at a cost of nearly $25 million to help reduce tree-related storm damage.

West Penn Power Announces Spend of $110 Million in 2013 Designed to Enhance Electric System and Reliability

West Penn Power announced that it’s spend of approximately $110 million in 2013 is designed to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in its 24-county service area. Major projects scheduled for this year include transmission improvements, building new circuits, replacing underground cables, inspecting and replacing utility poles and ongoing vegetation management programs. West Penn Power's 2013 enhancements are expected to have both localized and widespread benefits to customers throughout the service area. About $19 million will be spent on a variety of transmission expansions and enhancements intended to increase the capacity and robustness of West Penn Power's high-voltage transmission system. Other scheduled projects include: Installing a 500-kilovolt (kV) transformer at a substation near Mt. Morris in Greene County, Pa., to help reinforce the transmission system in southwestern Pennsylvania at a cost of more than $5 million. Constructing the remaining 8.5 miles of new 138-kV transmission line and adding breakers to the Whiteley Substation in Greene County, Pa., to enhance the transmission network in southwestern Pennsylvania. The final phase of this $12 million, multi-year project will be completed in 2013. Upgrading 138-kV substations to improve voltage support, including work at the Luxor Substation near Greensburg in Westmoreland County, Pa., and at both the Guilford and Grandpoint substations near Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pa. Continuing West Penn Power's ongoing vegetation management program to trim trees and maintain proper clearances to help reduce tree-related storm damage along nearly 4,500 miles of distribution and sub-transmission lines at a cost of nearly $25 million. Upgrading equipment on 60 distribution circuits throughout the service territory to enhance service reliability. These improvements including installing new wire, cable and fuses -- are expected to enhance the electrical system and reliability for 50,000 West Penn Power customers in Pennsylvania. Replacing underground distribution cables. Work totaling more than $500,000 will enhance service to the Saybrook area in Greensburg and other communities. Outages involving underground wires often take longer to restore than overhead outages. Upgrading the Byerly Crest distribution substation in the North Huntingdon area of Route 30 in Westmoreland County, Pa., will be completed to enhance service reliability. Replacing approximately two miles of wire with larger conductor on a distribution circuit serving the Murrysville area of Westmoreland County, Pa., will be done to improve day-to-day reliability and position the area for future growth. Replacing approximately one mile of conductor on a distribution circuit near the Butler County Fairgrounds will provide increased capacity in this high-growth area. Upgrading the Clark Farm Substation in the areas of Chartiers Township in Washington County, Pa., and Houston, Pa. Spending more than $11 million on various projects to expand the distribution system throughout West Penn Power's 24-county service area. Inspecting and replacing distribution poles in the West Penn Power service area has begun. This inspection process is conducted on a 12-year cycle in Pennsylvania and replacement work is scheduled to be completed by the end of fall.

West Penn Power Company Invests in New Service Vehicles

West Penn Power Company is investing more than $750,000 in 35 new vehicles for line crews and other front-line service employees across its service territory. The new vehicles replace many vehicles more than a decade old. More than half of the new vehicles will be bucket and digger derrick trucks that are expected to enhance the safety of crews in the field and help employees deliver quality service to customers. The new vehicles are part of a $110 million investment in vehicles being made by parent company FirstEnergy Corp.

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