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The $32m project, which is scheduled to be completed by June 2015, will accommodate future electrical load growth.

Helicopters are being used by FirstEnergy to string the new line between existing transmission towers that connect substations in Sylvania Township, Liberty Center and Troy Township, in order to reduce land impact near the existing towers.

Toledo Edison regional president Linda Moss said: "FirstEnergy is investing significant resources in Toledo Edison’s service area this year to bolster grid reliability and to support future growth and economic development.

"Our reliability has been the best among investor-owned utilities in Ohio for the last three years, and these ongoing investments are a key reason why."

The Toledo area’s gross domestic product grew by about 3% in 2013, according to the US Bureau of Economic analysis.

The new transmission line is being developed as part of the company’s $4.2bn Energizing the Future initiative, which is aimed at boosting service reliability for customers as power plants are affected in the region due to new US Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Image: The Toledo area’s gross domestic product grew by about 3% in 2013. Photo: courtesy of moggara12/Freedigitalphotos.net.