JCP&L to invest $250M in 2014 for infrastructure upgrades

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to invest $251 million in 2014 in its infrastructure to enhance and maintain service reliability throughout its service area, spreading across 13 counties.

In 2013, JCP&L spent about $200 million on reliability infrastructure in the region.

Projects include completing and planning the construction of transmission lines in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties, completing a smart grid modernization project in Morris County and constructing a new substation in Hunterdon County.  The company will invest $6 million to upgrade 118 circuits and add new circuits.

Other projects include:

    —  Initiating a Department of Energy $7 million smart grid technology modernization project on three circuits serving Bernards Township, Harding Township and Morristown.

    —  Implementing additional recloser technologies to reduce outages and restoration times.

    —  Replacing underground distribution cables.

    —  Completing the $23 million new 115-kV line between the Englishtown substation in Manalapan and the Wyckoff substation in Hightstown. 

    —  Completing construction on a new $10 million substation in West Amwell in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.

    —  Installing equipment to upgrade the Manalapan substation in Monmouth County including a new transformer, a new 230-kV breaker and constructing two distribution circuits.

    —  Planning and designing a new $19 million, 230-kV line from the Whippany and Montville substations.

    —  Planning and designing a new $53 million, 230-kV line between the Oceanview substation in Neptune and the Larabee substation in Howell.

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