JCP&L upgrades enhance reliability on circuits in New Jersey

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed upgrades on 16 major power distribution circuits serving more than 30,000 customers in the counties of Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren.

The work is part of the company's effort to use advanced technology to help enhance service reliability to customers. The upgrades included installing more resilient polymer fuses, adding larger 10-foot cross-arms to increase wire clearance, and installing fault indicators that help identify problem areas on a circuit that helps speed the restoration process if an outage occurs.

"These projects help modernize our system and help limit the frequency and duration of service disruptions to our customers," said Tony Hurley, vice president of Operations for JCP&L. "Circuit upgrades are an important part of our annual system investment program."

The work is part of JCP&L's previously announced plans to invest $251 million in 2014 on service reliability enhancements and other work, including about $6 million on projects to upgrade 118 circuits throughout its northern and central New Jersey service areas.

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