SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council is discussing a resolution to support the JCP&L Whippany-Montville Reinforcement project.  Request for support of the project came from Jacqueline Espinoza, Area Manager for External Affairs for FirstEnergy JCP&L at the council meeting last week.

The project, Espinoza explained, was to provide redundancy to the current system, building a new 23kV transmission line between the existing Whippany substation in Whippany in East Hanover and the Montville substation.  The project “is all on current right of way except one area,” said Espinoza.  It will be “similar to the existing lines and poles, just larger.”  She explained the project affects 86,000 people. 

According to FirstEnergy, the new line will “enhance customer reliability, add redundancy and meet the growing demand for electricity.”

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Espinoza said, “This doesn’t take care of everyday outages.  It is about losing transmission powerlines, interfering with transmission between the two substations.”  She added, “It will provide more stability for the grid.” 

According to Espinoza only park of Sparta, including Lake Mohawk, is in the area serviced by this transmission line.

In requesting the resolution from the council, Espinoza explained the project is currently in front of the BPU but there is some opposition so they are asking the town council to show support for the project.

There were three council members at the meeting, Gil Gibbs, Jerry Murphy and Christine Quinn.  They did not take action on the request but indicated they would review the material provided and would discuss the matter further.