PPL Electric Utilities is seeking public comment on possible routes for a new power line as part of a six-year project to improve electric service for homes and businesses in northeast Pennsylvania and the Poconos.





PPL Electric Utilities is seeking public comment on possible routes for a new power line as part of a six-year project to improve electric service for homes and businesses in northeast Pennsylvania and the Poconos.

"This project will make electric service more reliable by reducing the number of power outages experienced by customers, and by reducing the duration of outages caused by falling trees or severe weather." Said David Bonenberger, general manager-Transmission Operations.

The company has selected alternative routes for the new, 230-kilovolt power line and the new 69-kilovolt power lines that are needed for this project, one of which will be chosen later this year. The company will then begin the process of submitting the required applications to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for approval.

The company also has selected general locations for three new electrical substations. Detailed information on the alternative routes and substation locations has been mailed to property owners near the new facilities, and also is available on the project website, www.pplreliablepower.com/Northeast-Pocono.

PPL Electric Utilities has scheduled six public open houses throughout the project area to get public input on where the new facilities should be located. The open houses have no set agenda and no formal presentation, so people may attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to get more details about the project and talk with various PPL Electric Utilities experts.

Open houses will be held:

• Monday, July 11 – Pocono Community Church, 2770 Memorial Blvd. (Route 611), Tobyhanna, PA.
• Tuesday, July 12 – Thornhurst Fire & Rescue, 125 River Road, Thornhurst, PA.
• Wednesday, July 13 – PPL East Mountain Business Center, 1190 East Mountain Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
• Tuesday, July 19 – Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Co., 490 Main Street (Route 507), Gouldsboro, PA.
• Wednesday, July 20 – Greene-Dreher Volunteer Fire Association, 460 Crestmont Drive, Newfoundland, PA.
• Thursday, July 21 – Western Wayne Middle School, 1970B Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel (South Canaan Twp.), PA.

For more information and a map of the project area, visit the project website at www.pplreliablepower.com/Northeast-Pocono or call the special toll-free public comment line at 1-888-654-0823.

SOURCE: PPL Electric Utilities