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PPL Electric Utilities to Invest Nearly $1 Billion in System in 2013

     PPL Electric Utilities to Invest Nearly $1 Billion in System in 2013

Unprecedented level of work means stronger system, improved operations, better
service

PR Newswire

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 20, 2013

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --PPL Electric Utilities will
invest nearly $1 billion this year to improve the reliability of the system
that delivers power to its nearly 1.4 million customers.

The projected investment of $968 million includes roughly $616 million for
transmission projects, and is the largest scale infrastructure investment
since the 1960s and 1970s.

About $352 million is earmarked for projects to upgrade the distribution
network, which delivers power directly to homes and businesses and includes
the poles, wires and substations typically seen along local streets and
highways.

Nearly 250 larger projects are scheduled this year, along with other work
across the system also aimed at improving reliability, including limiting the
size and duration of outages.

In addition to the PPL Electric Utilities workforce, more than 900
tradespeople and other professionals will be working on the utility's system
to support the planned work this year. In addition, the projects provide
business for industries such as pole and wire manufacturers.

"This is an important time in the history of the company," said PPL Electric
Utilities President Gregory N. Dudkin. "The investments this year and the
nearly $3.8 billion we're looking to invest over the next five years are aimed
squarely at one thing — strengthening our system so our customers can depend
on safe and reliable service well into the future."

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The utility's capital investments have been on the upswing for the past
several years. In 2009, the company invested $301 million. That figure
increased to $429 million in 2010 and to $684 million last year. Work has
included replacing aged equipment and power lines, upgrading other electrical
facilities, and building new lines and substations where needed.

The company is investing in automated technology to help create a smarter
electric grid, one devoted to reducing the frequency and duration of outages.
In addition, it is exploring options to provide additional customer benefits
through its advanced metering system, which already provides data for the
Energy Analyzer tool.

"The level of infrastructure investment we see today is both unprecedented and
necessary," Dudkin said. "Our customers count on us to deliver the power they
need at work, home or play. These projects allow us to meet those
expectations."

For additional details on our investments, including key projects and ongoing
programs, visit www.pplelectric.comand select 'Investing in Your Service'
under 'At Your Service.'

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation that
provides electricity delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in
Pennsylvania, consistently ranks among the best companies for customer service
in the United States. More information is available at www.pplelectric.com.





SOURCE PPL Electric Utilities

Website: http://www.pplelectric.com
Contact: Joe Nixon, +1-610-774-5997, jcnixonjr@pplweb.com, PPL Electric
Utilities, www.pplnewsroom.com
 
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