LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Construction is underway on the second phase of a power system to help support the rapidly expanding electric vehicle industry in Lordstown.

FirstEnergy is building a new high-voltage power line in Lordstown to accommodate the future needs of the Ultium Cells battery plant.

It will also service more than 15,000 Ohio Edison customers in Lordstown and its surrounding communities.

According to FirstEnergy, the power line is expected to help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages in the area.

The line extends about 3.5 miles and builds upon a new transmission substation that’s already finished.

The work is part of a $12 million project, which is expected to be completed in early 2022.