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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) -- FirstEnergy Corp. says it will spend about $60 million this year to upgrade and improve the reliability of its system in 34 counties served by its Mon Power subsidiary.

Ohio-based FirstEnergy says most of those counties are in north-central West Virginia.

Major projects include transmission line upgrades, new distribution circuits, the replacement of underground cables and the inspection and replacement of utility poles.

Crews will also continue work cutting back tree limbs and other vegetation that can tear down lines during storms like last year's violent "derecho" windstorm and Superstorm Sandy.

President of West Virginia operations Holly Kauffman says the work will improve day-to-day service and allow for future growth.

FirstEnergy says it will spend $11 million to expand its distribution system to new residential and commercial customers.

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