Jersey Central Power & Light has completed a $10 million substation expansion project in West Amwell Township, adding resiliency to the electric system and enhancing reliability for customers in the surrounding area.
Benefiting 75,000 customers in Hunterdon County and the Hopewell Township area of Mercer County, the expanded substation includes: a 120-ton transformer to convert voltage levels; four new circuit breakers to protect vital equipment; and technology to prevent widespread outages. Crews also installed a new half-mile section of 230 kV transmission line with five monopoles.
The work is part of JCP&L's previously-announced plans to spend about $267 million in 2015 to enhance and maintain a strong electrical system and help meet future growth in its 13-county service area.
JCP&L is a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
FirstEnergy’s 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.