Labor leaders from six International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) trade union chapters, who represent 11,000 members across New Jersey, including 1,000 from Monmouth County, today announced their support of Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP).  

“The MCRP represents a significant investment in critical infrastructure to serve Monmouth County residents,” said Joe Egan, IBEW Local 456 Business Manager. “We should all support projects that upgrade, modernize and grow our state’s infrastructure.  A robust electric system supports New Jersey’s economy by ensuring that homes and businesses have the electricity they need when they need it.”

MCRP is a proposed new 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line proposed that will result in a stronger and more modern electrical system benefiting nearly 214,000 Monmouth County residents.  JCP&L filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for the project in August.

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“In addition to upgrading and modernizing the electrical system, this project will bring significant economic benefits to the Monmouth County region,” said Guy Peterson, IBEW Local 400 Business Manager.  “It will create jobs, bring added opportunities to local businesses and create additional state and local revenues.  Improved infrastructure of this type will also have a profound impact on our ability to attract and retain businesses.”

Over the past decade, JCP&L has invested more than $2.5 billion enhancing its electrical system across the state.  “JCP&L has worked hard to build a stronger, more resilient electrical system for its customers,” said Eagan.  ‘The work that is planned for the MCRP will strengthen the part of the system that serves as the backbone for delivering safe and reliable service to customers.”

JCP&L is also working on additional transmission projects as part of FirstEnergy’s Energizing the Future initiative.  In July, the company completed the final phase of a $48 million 11.5 mile project serving customers in Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth counties.  Construction is also underway on a new $94 million 16 mile 230 kV transmission line from a substation in Howell to a substation in Neptune in Monmouth County.

“Infrastructure investment is vital to our entire state and cannot be overlooked or ignored,” said Peterson.   “Transmission projects of this nature exist throughout New Jersey and the entire country to deliver customers the services they expect and rely on.”

Joining Egan and Peterson to support the MCRP were business managers Patrick Delle Cava, IBEW Local 102; Dan Gumble, IBEW Local 164; Steve Aldrich, IBEW Local 269; and Dan Cosner, IBEW Local 351.