Jersey Central Power & Light, which serves 1.1 million customers in 13 counties around the state, said Monday that it is planning to spend about $267 million on electrical system maintenance and enhancement projects in 2015.The projects include completion of a new transmission line in Middlesex County, the expansion of a substation in Hunterdon County and upgrades to substation in Morris County.
“Each year, we carefully review and rigorously plan transmission and distribution projects that will enhance service to our customers,” JCP&L President Jim Fakult said in a prepared statement. “Our work is making a difference. In 2014, we had 17 percent fewer outages than the previous year, which we can largely attribute to the infrastructure work that has been done to help maintain the strength of our system.”
Major transmission projects include:
- Planning and designing the transmission line between Neptune and Howell substations in Monmouth County, at a cost of nearly $82 million;
- Starting the installation of voltage regulating equipment at the Morris County substation, at a cost of $36 million;
- Expanding the substation and installing a new transformer in West Amwell in Hunterdon County, at a cost of nearly $10 million;
- Completing the construction of a $7 million power line at the Old Bridge substation in Middlesex County;
- Completing engineering and design work on a $3 million upgrade at a Morris County substation;
- Constructing a $1.8 million power line connecting substations in Hunterdon County;
- Upgrading a line from a Bernards Township substation in Somerset County to a Long Hill Township substation in Morris County, at an undisclosed cost.
Planned work also includes:
- Performing tree trimming work on more than 3,300 miles of power lines at a cost of nearly $24 million;
- Upgrading more than 90 distribution circuits at a cost of nearly $6 million;
- Redesigning circuits and adding remote-control equipment to them;
- Inspecting 283 circuits and performing infrared scans on more than 280 others;
- Replacing more than 100,000 feet of underground cables;
- Inspecting — and, if necessary, replacing — more than 28,000 utility poles.
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