FirstEnergy Utilities Preparing for Winter Storm

Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:04pm EST

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Ohio and Higher Elevations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Have Potential for
Greatest Impact

AKRON, Ohio,  Dec. 20, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is preparing
for the possible impact of high winds and snow predicted to hit parts of its
utilities' service territory beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday. 
While all areas of its six-state service territory could see some impact,
current forecasts predict that the most severe weather will occur in the Toledo
Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI), and Ohio Edison areas in 
Ohio  and in the higher elevations in  Pennsylvania  and  West Virginia.

As a result of the weather forecasts, which include the possibility of sustained
winds in excess of 50 mph, FirstEnergy utilities have implemented the company's
storm preparation process, including notifying employees to be on standby,
contacting contractor crews for possible deployment, assessing the need for
staging sites, and addressing employee schedule coordination.  As part of this
process, FirstEnergy crews and support personnel will remain in their respective
service areas until the full impact of the potential weather event is known.

"We are keeping a close eye on the weather and will be ready to respond
immediately to assist our customers should sustained high winds cause any
problems," said  Mark Julian, vice president, Utility Operations, FirstEnergy. 
"FirstEnergy utility companies have addressed the challenges of severe winter
weather for more than 100 years and our utility crews and support staff are
highly trained to operate in all weather conditions."

Company personnel have participated in conference calls with the mutual
assistance groups including the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance and the Southeast
Exchange to discuss the possibility of securing outside utility crews should
large-scale outages occur.  Like FirstEnergy, most utilities in the region are
anticipating severe weather and are keeping their crews at home until the full
impact of the storm is assessed.  

FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed.  Customers who are
without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report
their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on  via
a mobile device. 

In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires
to their electric company or local police or fire department.  Customers should
never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying

For updated information on the company's storm preparation efforts, current
outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe,
customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at  The operating companies also will provide
updates via Twitter:

* Toledo Edison:  @ToledoEdison  
* The Illuminating Company:  @IlluminatingCo  
* Ohio Edison:  @OhioEdison  
* Mon Power:  @MonPowerWV  
* JCP&L:  @JCP_L
* Penn Power:  @Penn_Power  
* Penelec:  @Penelec
* Met-Ed:  @Met_Ed
* Potomac Edison:  @PotomacEdison
* West Penn Power:  @W_Penn_Power

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and
operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the
nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in 
Maryland,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania,  New Jersey,  New York  and West Virginia.  Its
generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a
diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter 

SOURCE  FirstEnergy Corp.

Patti Michel - Toledo Edison, Mark Durbin - The Illuminating Company, Jennifer
Young - Ohio Edison, Todd Meyers - Mon Power, +1-888-233-3583
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