Common to programs with hundreds of disparate projects over several years, portfolio management quickly became a core aspect of this work, bridging the gap between strategy and implementation. Using tools like Oracle Primavera Unifier Management and Primavera Portfolio helped keep tabs on the schedule and spending. After experiencing the productivity of such tools, FirstEnergy purchased these programs and is now training staff on how to best leverage these technologies.
Since the start of Energizing the Future, FirstEnergy has completed 600-700 individual projects each year, achieving a more than 50% reduction in transmission equipment-related outages in areas covered within the program. More than 700 miles of transmission lines have been rebuilt or replaced, and 1,000 miles of new fiber-optic cable have been installed. At every opportunity, FirstEnergy utilized local firms to support the initiative’s large-scale workload.
FirstEnergy also created the Center for Advanced Energy Technology, one of the most comprehensive technology testing and training facilities in the country, which will help FirstEnergy keep its grid flexible and dynamic to accommodate emerging technologies.
“Energizing the Future is an essential part of FirstEnergy’s efforts to build smarter, more secure energy infrastructure that will benefit customers by reducing the frequency and duration of power outages,” Mroczynski says. “Our team is focused on completing this effort in a safe and efficient manner to ensure a stronger, more resilient grid now and in the future.”