FirstEnergy to Complete SPANS Deployment across Ohio

February 27, 2012 -- Wind Lake Solutions, Inc., (WLS), Mukwonago, Wisconsin, is pleased to announce that FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is in the process of implementing WLS’ SPANS™ (Spatially-enabled Permitting and Notification System) within its Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI) subsidiary.  With this implementation, SPANS will be in use by all three (3) of FE’s Ohio operating companies.  SPANS was implemented at Ohio Edison (OE) in 2008 and Toledo Edison (TE) in early 2011.

SPANS is a hosted web-based solution designed to electronically and centrally manage inter-company communications associated with inter-company pole attachment projects.  WLS completed SPANS configuration changes to support CEI’s requirements for management of jointly-owned poles in January.

Gary Miller, Vice-President of Wind Lake Solutions said “We’re incredibly pleased that FE’s successful SPANS implementations at OE and TE will now be complemented by its use at CEI.  In partnership with CEI we worked through an interesting set of challenges associated with CEI’s joint-ownership model and we’re certain that CEI and its joint ownership and third-party attachment partner companies will immediately begin to gain the significant benefits that SPANS implementation provides.”

For more information please contact Susan Smith-Lee of Wind Lake Solutions at (262) 363-4800 ext. 225 or via e-mail at


WLS’ SPANS™ (Spatially-enabled Permitting and Notification System) is a hosted web-based solution designed to electronically and centrally manage inter-company communications associated with joint use pole attachment projects.  SPANS’ robust configurability allows each system deployment to be tailored to the specific informational and workflow requirements of user companies.  

About Wind Lake Solutions

Wind Lake Solutions, Inc. (WLS) provides consulting and technical services that optimize the efficiency, equity, and quality of joint utility/telecom project interaction.  WLS’ joint use service offerings are complemented by GIS and geospatially-focused consulting and data services provided to utility and communications companies.  

About FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy comprises the nation’s largest investor-owned electric system based on serving six million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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