NEW JERSEY - JCP&L has completed more than 160 infrastructure projects, with a budget of $250 million, in an effort to enhance service reliability for customers, which include much of Bridgewater.
The purpose of the work done in 2014 was to enhance service reliability to JCP&L’s 1.1 million customers, according to a release.
“When measuring the average outage duration for customers for 2014, our results show a 17 percent improvement compared to 2013 results, which we can largely attribute to the infrastructure work that has been done this year, and in previous years, to make our system more robust,” Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L, said in the release.
Much work was done in Morris and Hunterdon counties, but the work did include adding new circuit breakers at a substation on the Raritan River in Middlesex County.
In addition, according to the release, JCP&L completed nearly $6 million in upgrades on 118 distribution circuits across the service area, including installing more resilient fuses, installing fault indicators to help identify problem areas to expedite restoration processes.
JCP&L also worked to trim trees to maintain clearances along about 3,400 miles of power lines, for about $24 million.
In 2015, JCP&L plans to work on new substations, transmission lines and circuit upgrades, the release said.
Among other work, in 2014, JCP&L also changed its Power Center outage maps to display the status of crews restoring service after power outages to help customers see when crews have been dispatched and when additional crews are needed to complete the work.