Cleveland utility plans $152M in upgrades in 2013

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. says it will spend about $152 million this year upgrading its electrical system in northeast Ohio.

The upgrades include $10 million to rebuild part of a substation in Northfield between Cleveland and Akron and $15 million for upgrades as the Cleveland Clinic expands.

The utility plans $13 million in tree-trimming and related work in communities including Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood, Mentor and Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh).

CEI has more than 750,000 customers in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh), Geauga (jee-AW'-guh), Lake and Lorain counties.

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