Upgrades in Toledo

Toledo Edison, a unit of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., is spending about $11 million this year to make sure that, well ... most people won’t notice the company. The money is being directed at four major projects that not only will upgrade the utility’s electrical system but also add to its reliability so that the preventable outages never take place, and those that cannot be prevented are as short as possible.

Toledo Edison will spend about $2 million to inspect and replace distribution and subtransmission utility poles in Clyde, Perrysburg, Wauseon and areas south of Pioneer. It will spend an extra $3.5 million on two projects — upgrading its power-distribution circuits in Defiance, Genoa, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania and Wauseon, and upgrading equipment in the downtown Toledo underground electrical network.

The subsidiary provides electricity to nearly 310,000 customers in eight counties in northwest Ohio.