FirstEnergy may build new W.Va. power line by 2016

CHARLESTON (AP) — FirstEnergy is considering a new transmission line between Buckhannon and Weston, but it has yet to file an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

Spokesman Mark Durbin tells The State Journal it’s too early to say when the application might be filed. The line is not projected to be in service until 2016.

It would be relatively small at 138 kilovolts and relatively short, at about 14 miles long.

The project is among 130 transmission upgrades that regional grid operator PJM Interconnection approved last month.

Ohio-based FirstEnergy expects to spend as much as $900 million in five states to upgrade as old, coal-fired power plants are taken offline.

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