As a result of an ongoing infrastructure investment campaign, Jersey Central Power & Light in 2015 posted its best service reliability numbers in 13 years, which included an 18 percent reduction in the number of power outages customers experienced the previous year.
Last year, JCP&L customers overall averaged less than one outage for the year, with the average outage time being a little over an hour in duration.
"Over the past 10 years our company has invested more than $2.5 billion on enhancing our electric system, and the work resulted in 2015 producing the best service reliability our customers have experienced in more than a decade," said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. "Whether it's additional upgrades to our transmission and distribution systems, training new line and substation workers, or doing ongoing tree trimming work, we will continue with our efforts to enhance service reliability for our customers."
In 2015, JCP&L spent more than $247 million on key projects to enhance customer service reliability, including:
· Beginning construction of a $37 million, multi-year substation expansion project to install voltage regulating equipment at a substation in Wharton in Morris County.
· Completing construction of a $13 million expansion of a substation in West Amwell in Hunterdon County.
· Constructing a $7 million transmission line at a substation in Old Bridge in Middlesex County.
· Completing $6 million of equipment upgrades on 94 circuits across the company's 13 county service area.
· Trimming trees to maintain proper clearances along nearly 3,300 miles of power lines at a cost of about $24 million.
· Completing a $1.8 million transmission line from a substation in North Branch to a substation in Lebanon in Hunterdon County.
· Completing a $1.4 million upgrade of three 230-kilovolt circuit breakers at a substation in East Hanover in Morris County.
· Completing a $1 million transmission line in the Wharton area of Morris County.
· Constructing a new transmission line at a substation in Toms River in Ocean County.
· Upgrading protective relay devices at substations in Neptune in Ocean County.