New Jersey utility announces $400M reliability plan

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) filed a four-year infrastructure plan today with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) aimed at enhancing the reliability and resiliency of its distribution system against severe weather and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.

JCP&L Reliability Plus includes about $400 million in targeted investments beyond its regular annual investments to enhance its service reliability and resiliency.  The plan includes nearly 4,000 enhancements that will help the reliability and resiliency of overhead and underground distribution lines, as well as new equipment to reduce the frequency and duration of outages. 

Reliability Plus projects will include substation reliability enhancement, upgrading distribution substation equipment and acquiring four mobile substations. Also included are underground system improvements – accelerating replacement of underground cable and submersible transformers with new equipment.

JCP&L, a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary, serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers.