FirstEnergy Utilities Preparing for Winter Storm

               FirstEnergy Utilities Preparing for Winter Storm

Ohio and Higher Elevations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Have Potential
for Greatest Impact

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2012

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is preparing
for the possible impact of high winds and snow predicted to hit parts of its
utilities' service territory beginning tonight and continuing through
Saturday. While all areas of its six-state service territory could see some
impact, current forecasts predict that the most severe weather will occur in
the Toledo Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI), and Ohio
Edison areas in Ohio and in the higher elevations in Pennsylvania and West

As a result of the weather forecasts, which include the possibility of
sustained winds in excess of 50 mph, FirstEnergy utilities have implemented
the company's storm preparation process, including notifying employees to be
on standby, contacting contractor crews for possible deployment, assessing the
need for staging sites, and addressing employee schedule coordination. As
part of this process, FirstEnergy crews and support personnel will remain in
their respective service areas until the full impact of the potential weather
event is known.

"We are keeping a close eye on the weather and will be ready to respond
immediately to assist our customers should sustained high winds cause any
problems," said Mark Julian, vice president, Utility Operations, FirstEnergy.
"FirstEnergy utility companies have addressed the challenges of severe winter
weather for more than 100 years and our utility crews and support staff are
highly trained to operate in all weather conditions."

Company personnel have participated in conference calls with the mutual
assistance groups including the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance and the
Southeast Exchange to discuss the possibility of securing outside utility
crews should large-scale outages occur. Like FirstEnergy, most utilities in
the region are anticipating severe weather and are keeping their crews at home
until the full impact of the storm is assessed.

FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers who are
without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report
their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on via
a mobile device.

In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed
wires to their electric company or local police or fire department. Customers
should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer
carrying electricity.

For updated information on the company's storm preparation efforts, current
outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe,
customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at The operating companies also will provide
updates via Twitter:

  oToledo Edison: @ToledoEdison
  oThe Illuminating Company: @IlluminatingCo
  oOhio Edison: @OhioEdison
  oMon Power: @MonPowerWV
  oJCP&L: @JCP_L
  oPenn Power: @Penn_Power
  oPenelec: @Penelec
  oMet-Ed: @Met_Ed
  oPotomac Edison: @PotomacEdison
  oWest Penn Power: @W_Penn_Power

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability
and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one
of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in
Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its
generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a
diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

Contact: Patti Michel - Toledo Edison, Mark Durbin - The Illuminating Company,
Jennifer Young - Ohio Edison, Todd Meyers - Mon Power, +1-888-233-3583
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