Utility company completes upgrade

As part of Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) ongoing efforts to make its electric system stronger and more flexible, a new transmission line has been energized in Monmouth County to benefit more than 180,000 customers in Colts Neck, Howell, Neptune, Tinton Falls and Wall Township, according to a press release.

The $124 million Oceanview Reinforcement Project is the second JCP&L transmission project in Monmouth County to go into service over the past several weeks in advance of the summer season that produces higher demand for electricity. A new transmission line connecting substations in the Eatontown area was energized in May, according to the press release.

The Oceanview Project is a 16-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line built along existing right-of-way with steel pole construction to connect JCP&L substations in Howell and Neptune. In addition, an existing 230-kV transmission line connecting substations in Colts Neck and Neptune was rebuilt using steel poles. Overall, the project involved installing 11 five-ton circuit breakers and remote control communications equipment at the substations, according to the press release.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp and serves 1.1 million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.