NJ utility to benefit from upgrades to regional power grid

With the retirement of many coal plants, the operator of the nation’s largest power grid has ordered $2 billion in upgrades to the region’s transmission system, including a $37.5 million project in Morris County.

Jersey Central Power & Light’s 6.4-mile 230-kilovolt line from Whippany to Montville was one of 130 projects approved by the PJM Interconnection Board last week as part of its efforts to maintain the reliability of the system serving more than 60 million people in 13 states and Washington D.C.

The JCP&L project was the only one involving a utility in New Jersey, where other proposed transmission upgrades of both electricity and natural gas have churned up controversy and opposition.

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