HOLMDEL, NJ – Representatives from Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) appeared at the Holmdel Township Community Center for a Sept. 11 presentation about a four-year infrastructure plan aimed to enhance the reliability and resiliency of its services during severe weather events through $400 million in targeted investments.

The plan – JCP&L Reliability Plus – was proposed July 13 to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), where it is still pending approval. 


JCP&L Executive Diretor of External Affairs, John Anderson, said the monetary investments planned for Reliability Plus are beyond the organization’s regular annual investments, and will help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages by supplying service areas with new state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure improvements, and the implementation of an enhanced vegetation management operation.


  • Overhead Circuit Reliability and Resiliency: This project will emphasize the removal of trees impacted by the emerald ash borer near JCP&L power lines and equipment, as well as the installation of new TripSaver II devices that will reduce the number of momentary outages from becoming longer-duration outages.
  • Substation Reliability Enhancement: Focused on protecting JCP&L substations from storm damage, this project includes the implementation of flood mitigation measures, upgrading distribution substation equipment, enhancing substation fencing and acquiring four mobile substations. These projects will increase the distribution system’s resiliency, operational flexibility, safety and security.
  • Distribution Automation: JCP&L will install new technology that can pinpoint and isolate damage on the system, which quickly decreases the number of customers affected by an outage.
  • Underground System Improvements: These projects will accelerate the replacement of underground cable and submersible transformers with new equipment, which intend to increase service reliability and resiliency by reducing the frequency and duration of outages and enhancing operations.

Mayor Tom Critelli said he is hopeful the program will be adopted by the BPU so township residents may begin to see the benefits of these investments.

“After witnessing what JCP&L has in store for our residents, I’m eagerly awaiting the state to sign off on Reliability Plus. We’re not merely talking about additional funding, but targeted investments over a four-year period that will enhance every aspect of service in our township; from technological advancements that will improve infrastructure and distribution, to heightened vegetation management, which is the cause of so many of our municipality’s outages. This plan will help Holmdel become a stronger community, and I’m excited to see it in action.”

Engineering Supervisor, Edward Jinks, said Reliability Plus was generated from a detailed analysis of the JCP&L distribution system, including telephone poles and substations, as well as restoration efforts during recent severe weather events, most notably Superstorm Sandy.

Anderson said the Reliability Plus application will be heard by the BPU in the following months. Those hearings are open to the public, but dates, times and locations are still to be announced.

JCP&L expects the plan to deliver an economic benefit of $1.9 billion to customers and businesses from enhanced reliability and resiliency over the estimated lifespan of the new equipment.

For updates on Reliability Plus visit www.firstenergycorp.com.


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