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West Penn to Conduct Maintenance to Meet Summer Electrical Demand

by on June 07, 2014 7:30 AM

West Penn Power says it is gearing up to meet an increase in electrical demand this summer in the State College area.

West Penn has roughly 65,000 customers in Centre County and will be conducting inspections and equipment maintenance over the coming months to help address an increase in electrical use during hot summer months.

Also this summer, West Penn will enhance the existing West College Avenue Circuit to accommodate the 300-acre Turnberry student housing development.

Additionally, the company will install new wires on existing utility poles – and in some areas, larger wire – so the distribution line can carry more electricity.

The company says work will continue through the summer in several areas, including Gatesburg Road, Lightner Street and Science Park.

"Hot summer days and humid nights result in our customers using more air conditioning to stay cool," David McDonald, president of West Penn Power, says in a statement. "By proactively inspecting and maintaining our equipment, we are able to help ensure system reliability and meet this increased electrical load when temperatures clime and customers turn on their air conditioners."

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