West Penn Power Continues Vegetation Management Work to Enhance System Reliability

    West Penn Power Continues Vegetation Management Work to Enhance System

PR Newswire

GREENSBURG, Pa., June 18, 2013

GREENSBURG, Pa., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --West Penn Power, a subsidiary
of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), continues to conduct vegetation management
work across its 24-county service area in Pennsylvania as part of its ongoing
efforts to help enhance system reliability. To date, West Penn tree
contractors have trimmed more than 2,200 circuit miles of distribution and
subtransmission lines as part of its $25 million vegetation management spend
for 2013, with an additional 2,300 miles expected to be completed by year end.

During the summer months, West Penn will be conducting vegetation management
in California, Upper Saint Clair, Connellsville, Saxonburg, Harrison City,
Avella, Avonmore, New Alexandria, Pleasant Unity, Pleasant Gap,
McConnellsburg, Taylorstown and numerous other rural locations. 

The tree trimming and vegetation management work is done on a 5-year cycle to
ensure proper clearances around electric circuits and equipment and help
reduce tree-related outages, particularly during severe weather. Vegetation
is inspected and trees are pruned in a manner that preserves the health of the
tree, while also maintaining safe and reliable electric service for
customers. In some cases, trees that present a danger or are diseased may
also be removed.

As part of its notification process, West Penn works with municipalities to
inform officials of vegetation management schedules. In addition, landowners
where vegetation work is to be performed are notified prior to the start of

All vegetation management work is conducted to national standards by West
Penn's certified forestry contractors, including Asplundh Tree Expert Company,
Jaflo Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., Penn Line Service Inc., and Davey Tree
Expert Company.

For the fifteenth consecutive year, FirstEnergy, on behalf of its 10 utility
companies, including West Penn, recently was recognized as a Tree Line USA
utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National
Association of State Foresters. The award recognizes utility companies that
promote the dual goals of dependable utility service and abundant, healthy
trees along America's streets and highways. Award-winning companies
demonstrate excellence in tree care, training and public education.

West Penn Power serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties.
Follow West Penn Power on Twitter @W_Penn_Power.

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to rates and pending rate cases, the uncertainties of various cost recovery
and cost allocation issues resulting from ATSI's realignment into PJM,
economic or weather conditions affecting future sales and margins, regulatory
outcomes associated with Hurricane Sandy, changing energy, capacity and
commodity market prices including, but not limited to, coal, natural gas and
oil, and availability and their impact on retail margins, the continued
ability of our regulated utilities to recover their costs, operation and
maintenance costs being higher than anticipated, other legislative and
regulatory changes, and revised environmental requirements, including possible
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amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any
litigation, including NSR litigation or potential regulatory initiatives or
rulemakings (including that such expenditures could result in our decision to
deactivate or idle certain generating units), the uncertainties associated
with the deactivation of certain older unscrubbed regulated and competitive
fossil units, including the impact on vendor commitments, and the timing
thereof as they relate to, among other things, the RMR arrangements and the
reliability of the transmission grid, adverse regulatory or legal decisions
and outcomes with respect to our nuclear operations (including, but not
limited to the revocation or non-renewal of necessary licenses, approvals or
operating permits by the NRC or as a result of the incident at Japan's
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to ME's and PN's ability to recover certain transmission costs through their
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not limited to, any such proceedings related to vendor commitments,
replacement power costs being higher than anticipated or inadequately hedged,
the ability to comply with applicable state and federal reliability standards
and energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates, changes in
customers' demand for power, including but not limited to, changes resulting
from the implementation of state and federal energy efficiency and peak demand
reduction mandates, the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits
from strategic and financial goals including, but not limited to, the ability
to reduce costs and to successfully complete our announced financial plans
designed to improve our credit metrics and strengthen our balance sheet,
including but not limited to, proposed capital raising and debt reduction
initiatives, the proposed West Virginia asset transfer and potential sale of
non-core hydro assets, our ability to improve electric commodity margins and
the impact of, among other factors, the increased cost of fuel and fuel
transportation on such margins, the ability to experience growth in the
Regulated Distribution segment and to continue to successfully implement our
direct retail sales strategy in the Competitive Energy Services segment,
changing market conditions that could affect the measurement of liabilities
and the value of assets held in our NDTs, pension trusts and other trust
funds, and cause us and our subsidiaries to make additional contributions
sooner, or in amounts that are larger than currently anticipated, the impact
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securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our
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requirements to post additional collateral to support outstanding commodity
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