NEW JERSEY – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has been working hard this year to make significant improvements and upgrades that will enhance service reliability to its customers in nearly 150 communities throughout New Jersey.
JCP&L has made upgrades to more than 80 major circuits with the help of a $4.7 million program. This program has even made improvements to circuits reaching numerous townships in Ocean and Monmouth counties.
“Upgrading our distribution circuits is an important part of the overall work we do because it focuses on enhancing the part of our electrical equipment that is closest to our customers,” said Mark Jones, vice president of Operations for JCP&L. “These projects are designed to reduce the number of service interruptions our customers might experience or reduce the duration if an outage occurs.”
Overall, the program installed 750 new pieces of high tech equipment, 250 animal guard devices on poles and in substations to limit the number of outages caused by animals such as squirrels, 390 lightning arrestors on electrical equipment, replaced 50 poles, 330 cross arms and about 18,000 feet of wire.
The upgrades contained 27 projects benefiting many towns in Monmouth county including: Township of Aberdeen, Borough of Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck Township, Borough of Deal, Eatontown Borough, Freehold Borough, Township of Freehold, Township of Hazlet, Holmdel Township, Howell Township, City of Long Branch, Manalapan Township, Matawan Township, Township of Marlboro, Middletown Township, Millstone Township, Ocean Township, Borough of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township, Borough of Spring Lake, Borough of Spring Lake Heights, Borough of Tinton Falls, Upper Freehold Township and Wall Township
In Ocean County, 14 projects were completed to improve circuits in Beachwood, Berkeley Township, Jackson Township, Lacey Township, Lakewood Township, Manchester Township, Ocean Township and Borough of South Toms River and Toms River Township.