$359 Million to be Spent in 2017 in Jersey Central Power & Light Service Area to Strengthen Electric System


As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric transmission and distribution systems, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to invest  $359 million during 2017 on infrastructure projects and other work to enhance reliability across its 13 county northern and central New Jersey service area.  

Major projects scheduled for 2017 include finishing construction of a new 16- mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Monmouth County, building a new 34.5 kV power line in Monmouth County and installing new communication equipment across the JCP&L service area to help enhance remote-control capability.  Other scheduled work includes 94 circuit upgrades, and replacing breakers and other voltage-regulating equipment. 

“Our customers have benefited from the continuous investments and enhancements made over the past decade to JCP&L’s transmission and distribution systems,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L.  “During that time nearly $3 billion has been invested to strengthen our electric system.  In addition to the improved service reliability, the infrastructure work is designed to accommodate future growth in New Jersey’s economy.”

Projects scheduled for 2017 include:

  • Completing construction of a new 16-mile, 230 kV transmission line from a substation in Howell to a substation in Neptune, and installing five one-ton circuit breakers at a cost of about $24 million.
  • Installing new high-speed communication equipment across the JCP&L service area at a cost of $11.6 million to help enhance the remote operation of the electric system.
  • Upgrading more than 90 distribution circuits to enhance service reliability at a cost of $4.7 million.
  • Upgrading transmission protective devices, circuit breakers and other equipment across the JCP&L service area at a cost of $5.4 million.  This equipment automatically disconnects from the system when a problem is detected to reduce the length of an outage and the number of customers that are affected. 
  • Adding a new 34.5 kV transmission line in Eatontown at a cost of $4.8 million.
  • Installing new 230 kV circuit breakers at a substation in Matawan at a cost of $2.1 million.
  • Replacing switches at substations in Jefferson Township and Sayreville at a cost of $1.4 million.
  • Replacing underground distribution cables in multiple areas.
  • Inspecting and proactively replacing, if needed, more than 27,800 utility poles.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Siblings Host Dinner in Support of Our House

March 24, 2018

In the spirit of giving back, one family has made a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by hosting a dinner and silent auction at Sette restaurant in Bernardsville on March 17, 2018, raising $26,000 for the non-profit, Our House, Inc., of New Providence.

Philip and Maria Provenzano, of Nutley, and Angela Provenzano Schaub, of Westfield, organized the fundraising ...

Theater Project Presents: 'Leap of Faith'

The Theater Project will present a staged, script-in-hand reading of “Leap of Faith,” a new play by Stephanie Griffin, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center (220 Walnut Ave.) "Leap of Faith" challenges the definition of motherhood as two sisters fight over custody of an eight-year old child. Ms. Griffin, a member of the Theater ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Spring Edition

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your ...

Information on Parking and Traffic for Saturday's 'March for Our Lives' Event

March 23, 2018

UNION, NJ – It is anticipated that several hundred people or more will participate in the Union County March for Our Lives event on Saturday morning in Union.

Students, teachers, parents, clergy and public officials from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall in an anti-gun violence march.

Parking will be available in the following ...

Somerset County Freeholders Endorse Armed Security in all Somerset County Schools

March 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Following the Parkland, Fla school shooting last month in which 17 students and staff were killed, Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione and Freeholder Mark Caliguire Thursday announced that the freeholder board will fund a second armed school resource officer at the county Vocational & Technical High School in Bridgewater, and urged every school ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, March 24, 9:15 AM

Oakwood Park, New Providence

New Providence Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Giving Back

Sat, March 24, 10:00 AM

Burent Middle School , Union

Union County Wide - March for Our Lives

Government Law & Justice

Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Rescue, Berkeley Heights

Dog Adoption Event


Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

New Providence United Methodist Church, New Providence

New Providence United Methodist Church Easter Egg ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

New Providence United Methodist Church, New Providence

New Providence United Methodist Church Easter Egg ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

You Want a Check for How Much!

 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...