Jersey Central Power & Light will start work on 17 transmission construction projects over the next six months in its northern and central New Jersey service areas that are designed to improve service reliability for the company's 1.1 million customers.

The multi-year, $200 million Local Infrastructure and Transmission Enhancement (LITE) program, which began in 2011, addresses the state's growing demand for electricity and provides key enhancements to the transmission system. To date, 24 projects already have been completed. All of the LITE projects are being designed and built specifically to serve only JCP&L customers.

"Electricity is essential to New Jersey's economic future and the LITE projects are designed to ensure our transmission system is capable of meeting our customers' growing demand for reliable service," said Don Lynch, JCP&L president. "The work will involve adding redundant transmission lines and upgrading substation equipment to avoid possible overloading conditions, particularly during the hot summer months when increased use of air conditioning has the potential to challenge our electrical system."

Overall, more than $8 million of LITE projects are scheduled to be completed this year, including:

  • Installing new equipment at the Atlantic Substation in Tinton Falls, in Monmouth County to add redundancy and increase reliability
  • Upgrading an existing line and adding a new 115 kilovolt line to increase capacity and meet growing demand in Sussex County
  • Adding five new 34.5 kilovolt breakers and a 34.5 kilovolt capacitor bank at the Van Hiseville Substation in Jackson in Ocean County to increase peak capacity and reliability
  • Adding new higher rated wire, insulators and lightning arrestors to a 34.5 kilovolt line connecting the Oceanview Substation in Monmouth County to the Neptune Substation in Monmouth County
  • Adding a second 34.5 kilovolt connection at the Readington Substation in Readington in Somerset County to increase capacity
  • Adding additional back up protection to a 230 kilovolt transformer at a substation in Whippany in Morris County to enhance reliability
  • Upgrading the wiring to increase capacity at the Montville Substation in Morris County and the Madison Substation in Morris County.