US-based energy company FirstEnergy’s subsidiary, Toledo Edison, has announced its plans to invest around $11m in 2013 to improve its electrical system in order to improve reliability in northwest Ohio.

As part of the program, the company will upgrade distribution circuits, replace underground cables, inspect, and replace poles.

Toledo Edison regional president Randy Frame said, "The planned infrastructure projects are designed to help maintain the system on a day-to-day basis to benefit Toledo Edison’s customers now while helping prepare our system for future load growth."

Toledo Edison’s 2013 enhancements include upgrading equipment on distribution circuits in Defiance, Genoa, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania, and Wauseon.

The project also includes improving, adding and replacing lightning protection, insulators, cross arms, braces, grounds, and animal guards on main distribution lines.

Toledo will inspect and replace distribution and sub-transmission utility poles in Clyde, Perrysburg, Wauseon and areas south of Pioneer on a 10-year cycle. Inspections began in January and the replacement work is expected to be performed throughout 2013.

The company will replace and upgrade equipment and vault tops in the downtown underground electrical network.