Jersey Central Power & Light proposes $44.5m, 230-kV line in Monmouth County, N.J.

FirstEnergy’s (NYSE:FE) Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is proposing to build the $44.5m, 230-kV Oceanview Reinforcement Project in Monmouth County, N.J., to add redundancy to the system and meet the area’s growing electricity demand.

The line, which is part of JCP&L’s $200m, multiyear comprehensive reliability plan, Local Infrastructure and Transmission Enhancement Program, is expected to be built between the existing Larrabee substation in Howell, N.J., and the existing Oceanview substation in Neptune, N.J., FirstEnergy added on June 18.

The project’s preferred 16-mile route is expected to be built within the existing 230-kV transmission right-of-way corridor in Monmouth County through the municipalities of Colts Neck, Howell, Neptune, Tinton Falls and Wall.

JCP&L expects to file a petition for the project with the state Board of Public Utilities by December.

The company will also need to file a permit application with the state Department of Environmental Protection and that will likely occur in the August 2015 timeframe, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on June 20.

If approved, construction is expected to begin in June 2016, and it is anticipated that the project will be completed to meet PJM Interconnection’s June 1, 2017 in-service date, the spokesperson said.

FirstEnergy noted that PJM Interconnection has determined that the project should be built and has requested that the project should be built and has requested that the project be in service by June 2017.

PJM’s assessment is based on existing and projected system conditions and the potential for future demand on the system.

JCP&L will hold two open houses on the project on June 24 in Farmingdale, N.J., and on June 25 in Eatontown, N.J.

In the past decade, electricity demand in New Jersey has grown about three times faster than the population as homeowners use electricity to power everything from big-screen televisions to computer devices to the latest kitchen appliances, FirstEnergy added.

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