This year, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will modernise its grid infrastructure using $357 million investment.
The energy provider to 1.1 million customers says the investments will help improve reliability of grid network and customer services.
Projects will include:
- Replacing 40 automated control units at various substations at a cost of $7.3 million. This will enable quick power restoration.
- Enhancing security systems at seven substations at a cost of $14.3 million.
- Completing underground and overhead circuit improvements in Morris County at a cost of $10.3 million.
- Replacing 24 substation circuit breakers to automatically disconnect from the system when a problem occurs at a cost of $6.6 million to help reduce the length of power outages and the number of customers affected.
- Upgrading more than 90 circuits at a cost of $4.7 million to automatically restore service, installing animal guards on poles and in substations to limit the number of outages and installing lightning arrestors to protect the system from stormy weather.
- Upgrading and replacing distribution oil-filled circuit breakers with newer more efficient equipment.
- Adding new equipment to increase capacity at a substation in Ocean County
- Installing new "smart" equipment at 54 sites on the distribution system that can automatically restore customers quicker should an outage occur.
Over the past 10 years, JCP&L has invested more than $3 billion to strengthen the durability and resiliency of its electric transmission and distribution systems.
In 2017, the utility, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, spent about $308 million on large and small transmission and distribution projects.
Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L, said: "In 2017, on average, JCP&L customers experienced about one outage lasting less than two hours in duration, which is better than the reliability standards established by the state utility commission."