Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) announced yesterday that it has completed a $10 million substation expansion project in West Amwell Township, known as the “Rocktown Substation,” 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-kilovolt transmission line with five monopoles.
“Completing this project in advance of the high-demand summer season adds resiliency to the transmission system now and helps meet the growing demand for electricity in the long-term,” said Tony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations. “The project was completed in a timely manner thanks to successful collaboration with local, county and state officials, ultimately benefitting local residents and businesses.”
“The new rocktown substation is online and carrying load,” said John Anderson JCP&L’s Mercer and Hunterdon External Affairs Officer at the most recent Hopewell Township committee meeting. “It is Jersey Central’s plan every year summer-ready — the peak summer load season that kicked off June 1st. It has been quite a project from the first shovel in the ground in October. It is a significant project and we’re proud of it.”
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 subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). 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. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com.