JCP&L to spend $357M in ’18 to improve service areas

By Emily Bader
North, Central Jersey | Feb 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Jersey Central Power & Light said it plans to spend $357 million in 2018 on infrastructure improvements and other work to enhance reliability across the 13 North and Central Jersey counties it services.

According to JCP&L, the company has invested more than $3 billion over the past 10 years to strengthen its transmission and distribution systems.

“Our infrastructure work and inspections enhance the reliability of our electric system, further minimizing the duration and frequency of service interruptions our customers might experience,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. “In 2017, on average, JCP&L customers experienced about one outage lasting less than two hours in duration, which is better than reliability standards established by the state utility commission.”

Projects scheduled include:

  • $7.3 million to replace 40 automated control units at various substations;
  • $14.3 million to enhance security systems at seven substations;
  • $10.3 million to complete underground and overhead circuit improvements in Morris County;
  • $6.6 million to replace 24 substation circuit breakers;
  • $4.7 million to upgrade more than 90 circuits;
  • Upgrade and replace distribution oil-filled circuit breakers with newer equipment;
  • Add new equipment to increase capacity at an Ocean County substation;
  • Install new equipment at 54 sites on the distribution system;
  • Upgrade remote control equipment and add new circuits for redundancy in Morris and Monmouth counties.

JCP&L said in 2017, it spent about $308 million on upgrades.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader