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JCP&L completes trimming of trees along 2500 miles of power lines to improve system reliability

Published 25 September 2017

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed the trimming of trees in 50 municipalities this month, along 2500 miles of power lines, as part of its $34m vegetation management program.

The work is done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment which promotes enhanced service reliability by helping to protect against tree-related outages.

Year-to-date, more than 2,500 circuit miles of tree trimming have been completed, with an additional 1,100 miles expected to be completed by year-end.

JCP&L's tree trimming program is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company's direction. The work will take place in the following counties and municipalities:

Hunterdon County –Town of Clinton, Delaware Township, Franklin Township, Borough of Frenchtown, Borough of Hampton, Kingwood Township, City of Lambertville, Readington Township and Borough of Stockton

Essex County – Township of Livingston, Township of Millburn

Middlesex County – Old Bridge Township and Borough of Sayreville

Monmouth County – Hazlet Township, Holmdel Township, Manalapan Township, Matawan Borough, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Tinton Falls Borough, Union Beach Borough and Borough of West Long Branch

Morris County – Town of Dover, Township of East Hanover, Township of Hanover, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Borough of Lincoln Park, Long Hill Township, Mine Hill Township, Montville Township, Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Pequannock Township, Borough of Riverdale, Rockaway Township, and Borough of Wharton

Ocean County – Brick Township, Lakewood Township, Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, and Toms River Township

Passaic County – Borough of Pompton Lakes and Wanaque Borough

Somerset County – Warren Township

Sussex County – Walpack Township

Union County – City of Summit and Springfield Township

Warren County – Township of Blairstown, Township of Hardwick and Knowlton Township,

As part of the notification process, JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules.  In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way are notified prior to work being performed.  To further decrease tree-related outages, JCP&L's foresters also are working to educate residents who live near company equipment about the importance of properly maintaining the trees on their own property.

Source: Company Press Release