Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) filed a four-year infrastructure plan 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 above and beyond its regular annual investments to enhance JCP&L’s 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. It also 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.
“The special focus of this program is to limit damage during severe weather events,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. “The new equipment, along with enhanced vegetation management, builds on our ongoing efforts to ensure customer service reliability and resiliency.”
Reliability Plus was created following a detailed analysis of JCP&L’s distribution system, as well as lessons learned from the restoration efforts following recent severe weather events.
JCP&L expects the plan’s economic benefit to customers and businesses from enhanced reliability and resiliency will be $1.9 billion over the estimated life of the equipment installed through the program. JCP&L estimates the initial increase on the monthly bill for an average residential customer would be about 25 cents.
Key JCP&L Reliability Plus projects include:
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