Allentown-based PPL Corp. is investing more than $12 million in Berks and Lancaster counties to enhance service reliability with about 15 projects that are underway, according to the company.
Among the work are upgrades at 11 substations: nine in Lancaster County and two in Berks County.
They include upgrades to the firm’s Neffsville and East Petersburg substations to increase capacity and provide more flexibility to reroute electricity and reduce the length of power outages, the release stated.
The company also is building a new substation and power lines in West Cocalico Township and linking three circuits in Pequea and Martic townships.
Much of PPL Electric Utilities’ distribution work is focused on improving the performance of local circuits by installing new power lines, which the company compared to opening new roads, according to the release.
The new lines mean alternative routes through which to direct power to reduce the duration of outages.
PPL Electric Utilities is a subsidiary of PPL Corp. and provides electricity delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in the state. Shares of PPL Corp. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PPL.