Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed projects totaling more than $15 million throughout its northern and central New Jersey service areas that are expected to enhance customer service reliability. The work included rebuilding transmission lines, upgrading substation equipment, and rebuilding infrastructure and reconnecting service to homes on the barrier islands that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
"With customers using more electricity during the summer months, we focus on completing major repairs and conducting ongoing maintenance prior to June 1," said Anthony Hurley, vice president of Operations for JCP&L. "Whether it be rebuilding transmission lines, upgrading substation equipment, or spending on vegetation management, our ultimate goal is to continue to enhance the reliability of our system to benefit our customers."
The JCP&L projects include:
- Energizing the rebuilt Whippany-Roseland 230 kilovolt transmission line. This $12-million project included replacing 19 older style towers with new steel monopoles.
- Reconnecting service to almost 30,000 customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties as repairs were completed on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. JCP&L will continue working with the remaining 1,900 customers who are continuing to make home repairs.
- Rebuilding a 34.5 kilovolt transmission line in Sussex County at a cost of$1 million.
- Upgrading equipment at substations in Colts Neck and Neptune in Monmouth County.
- Installing new poles to extend a distribution line and create a new connection point in Riverdale in Morris County.
- Installing protective devices for the Oyster Creek Substation in Ocean County including capacitors to regulate system voltage.
- Replacing utility poles and inspecting transformers and other equipment throughout the service area.
- Installing animal guards, wire, fusing, and other equipment as part of circuit upgrades.
- Installing equipment on additional circuits that can automatically restore customers to service following momentary outages, such as a tree branch falling on a line.
- Replacing underground cable.
- Completing vegetation management along 1,900 miles of circuits across the state.