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FirstEnergy planning new substations and power lines
Proposed substations and power lines will cross through Stark, Carroll and Jefferson counties.


Akron-based FirstEnergy is planning to put new power lines and two substations through Stark, Jefferson and Carroll counties.

This is the latest project of FirstEnergy’s initiative to reinforce the power grid and ensure reliable service as the company closes many coal-fired plants that will not meet new emissions regulations in 2015.

The power lines between the proposed substation south of Massillon in Stark County and one in Toronto, Ohio are yet to be approved.

Four meetings are scheduled in some of the towns that will be affected by the construction. First Energy Spokesman Mark Durbin says the meetings, required by the Ohio Power Siting Board, are necessary for the approval of the project.

Durbin on the propose of the meetings

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Once approved, FirstEnergy plans to begin construction during the second half of 2013. The substations and power lines are planned to be in service within the next five years. 

All of the meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are expected to last two hours. 

• Sept. 24 at the Knox Township Volunteer Fire Department, Toronto;

• Sept. 25 at the Carrollton High School Cafeteria, 252 Third St. NE;

• Sept. 26 at Fairless High School, 11885 Navarre Rd. SW, Sugar Creek Township; and

• Sept. 27 at Chippewa High School, 100 Valley View Rd., Doylestown.

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