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JCP&L investing $400M to enhance distribution system

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Jersey Central Power & Light filed a four-year infrastructure plan Friday with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to enhance the reliability of its distribution system against severe weather and reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.

JCP&L Reliability Plus is investing about $400 million beyond its regular annual investments. The plan includes nearly 4,000 enhancements that will help the reliability and resiliency of overhead and underground distribution lines and new equipment. It outlines additional vegetation management to reduce the potential for tree damage, which is the primary cause of outages during severe storms in JCP&L’s service area.

Reliability Plus was created after a detailed analysis of JCP&L’s distribution system, as well as lessons learned from restoration efforts after recent winter storms.

Two severe storms in March resulted in about 528,000 JCP&L customers losing power due to heavy, wet snow and strong winds.

And just last month, more than 3,000 customers in Ocean and Monmouth counties lost power during one of the hottest periods of the summer thus far.

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.

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David Hutter

David Hutter

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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