Jersey Central Power & Light has completed upgrades to enhance service reliability on 31 circuits serving nearly 50,000 customers across its service area.
For 2015, nearly $6 million has been budgeted for the circuit upgrade program, with 73 of 90 circuits being completed. The remaining 17 circuits are expected to be completed by year-end.
"These circuit upgrades allow us to use advanced technology to enhance our electric system," said Tony Hurley, vice president of operations for JCP&L. "The work provides additional resiliency and is designed to help limit the frequency and duration of service disruptions to our customers."
Work was done on JCP&L circuits that provide electric service to the following municipalities:
· Burlington County – Crews installed new reclosers, cross-arms and lightning arrestors on circuits serving Chesterfield Township, North Hanover Township, Pemberton Township and Southampton Township.
· Hunterdon County – Porcelain fuses were replaced with modern polymer fuses, new transformers, lightning arrestors and animal guards were installed, and spacer devices were added to help keep wires separated on circuits serving Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Califon Borough, Clinton, Clinton Township, Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Flemington Borough, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Holland Township, Kingwood Township, Lebanon Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township, Tewksbury Township and West Amwell Township.
· Mercer County – The work included installing new fuses and spacer devices on circuits in East Windsor Township.
· Monmouth County – Crews installed new poles and transformers, and upgraded fuses, reclosers, and lightning arrestors on circuits in Belmar Borough, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Manalapan Township, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Tinton Falls Borough and Wall Township
· Morris County – The work included installing lightning arrestors, animal guards, fuses, crossarms, and line spacer devices on circuits serving Mount Olive Township, Netcong Borough and Roxbury Township
· Warren County – Crews installed new wire, lightning arrestors, animal guards, fuses, and reclosers on circuits serving Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Hardwick Township, Hope Township, Independence Township and Phillipsburg
The circuit upgrade program is part of JCP&L's previously announced plans to spend $267 million in 2015 to help enhance and maintain a strong electrical system and help meet future growth.
JCP&L is a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.