PPL Electric Utilities Submits Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project to PUC for Approval

Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:42am EST

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New power line and substations will improve electric service for 250,000 people








ALLENTOWN, Pa.,  Dec. 28, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- After soliciting public input
during 13 community meetings,  PPL Electric Utilities  has submitted the
Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project to the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission for approval, the company said Friday (12/28).

The project will improve electric service for 250,000 people in northeast 
Pennsylvania  and the Poconos. It will involve construction of three new
electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt power line.

"This project will have clear and immediate benefits for all of our customers in
this region," said  Stephanie Raymond, PPL Electric Utilities Transmission and
Substation vice president. "It will reduce the number of power outages
experienced by our customers, and also will reduce the duration of outages
caused by falling trees or severe weather."

The PUC review process generally takes about one year, during which there are
opportunities for additional public input. For example, the commission may
schedule public input sessions for local residents in the project area.

The route chosen for the power line represents the company's best effort to
balance social, environmental and cost impacts while ensuring that PPL Electric
Utilities can fulfill its obligation to provide reliable electric service,
Raymond said.

"We recognize that there is no perfect route for a power line," Raymond said.
"That's why we are so diligent about seeking and listening to public input and
making changes to the project - where we can - to address any concerns that may
be raised."

This project is needed because electricity use in the region has been increasing
for decades. New homes have been built and existing homes are using more
electronic devices and appliances. While this growth has been reduced by
customers using energy more efficiently, overall demand - particularly during
peak times such as winter cold snaps - is expected to continue to grow.

Another need for the project relates to the existing network of 69-kilovolt
power lines in this area. These lines are no longer adequate to serve customer
needs. These lines are up to 40 miles long, exposing customers to more frequent
and longer service outages if lines are damaged during storms. The
Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project will address these issues and improve
electric service in this part of PPL Electric Utilities' service territory.

The new power line will be about 58 miles long. It will connect the new
electrical substations to the existing high-voltage grid, strengthening the
local electric delivery network. The project, which will cost about  $200
million, will serve customers in parts of  Lackawanna,  Monroe,  Wayne,  Pike, 
Carbon  and  Luzerne  counties.

More information about this project can be found on the project website at 
www.pplreliablepower.com/northeast-pocono.

PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides
electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in  Pennsylvania  and
consistently ranks among the best companies for customer service in  the United
States. More information is available at  www.pplelectric.com.

SOURCE  PPL Electric Utilities


Paul Wirth, PPL Electric Utilities, +1-610-774-5997
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