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JCP&L to spend $357M to upgrade equipment

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Jim Fakult, president, JCP&L
Jim Fakult, president, JCP&L - ()

Jersey Central Power & Light will spend $357 million this year to upgrade and replace equipment to improve customer reliability.

The projects include replacing remote-controlled substation equipment used to monitor and respond to grid conditions, replacing 34.5 kilovolt substation circuit breakers, replacing 40 automated control units at various substations, enhancing security systems at seven substations, replacing 24 substation circuit breakers, upgrading more than 90 circuits, replacing distribution oil-filled circuit breakers, and installing new equipment at 54 sites on the distribution system.

These projects come after JCP&L spent $308 million in 2017 to build new transmission lines, install voltage-regulating equipment and automated controls.  

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. JCP&L is a subsidiary of Morristown-based FirstEnergy Corp.

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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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