US-based electricity services provider PPL Electric Utilities has announced its plans to invest in electric infrastructure projects and improve the reliability of its power distribution system in Pennsylvania.

The company will invest about $27m for around 30 local projects to improve electric infrastructure and benefit customers by addressing increase in energy demand, reduce outages, enhance reliability and utility operations.

All of the improvements are intended to enhance electric service reliability for thousands of area customers in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks and Montgomery counties.

PPL Electric Utilities Lehigh region operations director Sarah Fliszar said the work throughout 2913 is to enhance reliability of the utility’s distribution system.

"Projects include rebuilding lines to meet higher demand, adding new equipment that allows us to remotely reroute power during damaging storms and upgrading substations with new technology that will help minimize the duration of outages," Fliszar added.

The projects include rebuilding a circuit and installing new lines, installing smart grid equipment, new fuses and rebuilding power lines.

PPL’s project work also includes rerouting lines and setting up new substations.

The utility will upgrade equipment at several area substations, which serve as the local hubs for power delivery, while new remote-controlled devices will be installed at substations serving south Allentown, Treichlers in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, and Mount Bethel in Northampton County, at an investment of over $770,000.