As part of the investment, the company is planning to construct new distribution circuits or upgrade the existing systems, inspect and replace utility poles, install automated and remote control devices to improve Penelec’s electric system and reliability.

Pennsylvania Electric Company regional president Scott Wyman said the planned infrastructure projects will help maintain system on a regular basis to benefit its customers and prepare for future load growth.

"Whether it be upgrading existing circuits, installing equipment that can be operated remotely, or spending on vegetation management, our ultimate goal is to continue to enhance the reliability of our system to benefit our customers," Wyman added.

Penelec will upgrade distribution circuit equipment at a cost of around $28m to control outages in its service areas, install radio controlled switches to remotely operate and assist the operators to restore power fast.

The company will also install equipments to maintain voltage levels and benefits large commercial users and also examine and replace utility poles.