PPL Electric Utilities, Allentown, today energized a new $15 million transmission line, which will improve service for 50,000 homes and businesses in Lehigh and Bucks counties.
The new 6.6-mile Coopersburg-Quakertown transmission line was built in Springfield and Richland townships in Bucks County and Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County. It will serve customers in West Rockhill, Richland, Upper Saucon, Springfield, Bethlehem, Lower Saucon and Salisbury townships, as well as the boroughs of Quakertown, Perkasie and Coopersburg.
"These new facilities – as well as the increased tree clearing we are doing along our lines – will have a huge benefit for our customers," said Stephanie Raymond, PPL's transmission and substations vice president.
Raymond said the $15 million line will allow PPL to reroute power more quickly – including during devastating storms such as Hurricane Sandy – reducing the number and duration of power outages.
A new, $24 million electrical substation also is part of the project. The substation is under construction along Hickon Road in Springfield Township. It's expected to go into service around the end of this year.
Raymond said the new substation and transmission line are among about 30 projects that will improve the electric delivery service for customers in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks-Montgomery county areas.
This year, PPL Electric Utilities will invest nearly $1 billion to strengthen and modernize its transmission and distribution facilities across its 29-county service territory. PPL said this is the largest capital program in the utility's history.