Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will file a petition with New Jersey state regulators during the first quarter of 2014 for its proposed 7-mile, 230-kV Montville to Whippany Reinforcement Project in Morris County, N.J., a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Nov. 13.
As TransmissionHub reported in October, the company is in the midst of its multi-year, $200m investment to upgrade its transmission system, known as the Local Infrastructure and Transmission Enhancement (LITE) program. The company is adding new 115-kV lines, new 230-kV facilities, adding redundancy to its system and working to meet demand of future growth.
This project, which has an estimated cost of $25m, is part of the LITE program.
The proposed 230-kV line will run from the company’s Whippany substation in East Hanover and its Montville substation in Montville, both in Morris County.
“The preferred route runs through East Hanover, Parsippany and Montville,” the spokesperson added. “The majority of the preferred route parallels existing transmission lines.”
If approved by the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU), it is anticipated that construction on the project will begin in September 2016. Project completion is expected to meet PJM Interconnection’s requested in-service date of June 2017, the spokesperson added.
Two open houses will be held on Nov. 13 and 14 in Parsippany, he said.
JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE).