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Riverdale, Butler Included in $200M JCP&L Infrastructure Project

Company will replace utility poles and trim trees near equipment.

Jersey Central Power & Light will invest $200 million this year to improve its infrastructure in North Jersey, the company announced Thursday.

Local improvements include building a new distribution circuit to improve power to customers in the Butler-Riverdale area. This will help protect against future power losses.

The upgrade is part of JCP&L’s $2.5 million investment to improve 90 such circuits. The upgrades are slated to improve service to 100,000 North Jersey customers.

Utility poles will be inspected and replaced as needed. Inspections will begin in the spring. Work will be completed throughout the fall.

The company will also trim trees near poles and other structures to reduce the risk of them getting damaged.

North Jersey residents blasted the utility company for its perceived lack of response to restoring power in the days following Tropical Storm Sandy.

"These infrastructure investments are designed to improve day-to-day service reliability now, along with ensuring our system is ready for future load growth,” Don Lynch, president of JCP&L said in a statement.

Richard Dean February 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Keep in mind that the only facilities JCP&L has in Butler is a transmission, one major substation and one minor substation. Except for one industry, all of the electric retail customers in Butler are proudly served by our Butler Municipal Power & Light which is one of the largest customers receiving power from the national grid via JCP&L's transmission line.
Albert Andrascik February 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM
It still won't help. JCP&L is such a crappy electric company. They need to invest a hell of a lot more money to improve their system.
Max February 23, 2013 at 07:28 PM
There's like 30 people in butler kinnelon and bloomingdale that get their power from jcpl and not butler electric
Richard Dean February 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Max, there are residents of Kinnelon such as way out Kinnelon Road, and in the section bordering Montville, Lincoln Park and Pequannock who get their power from JCP&L. Yes there are some in Bloomingdale primarily in the Snake Den Road area accessible only through Wanaque and Ringwood that are served by JCP&L. But all electric users in Butler except for Butler Printing & Laminating are served by Butler Municipal Power & Light. Trust me I dispatched it for 34 years as part of my job in telecommunications at the Butler Police Department.

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