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JCP&L plans upgrades, preparing stormproofing plan

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's second largest utility says it will spend nearly $200 million this year as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the reliability of its system.

Morristown-based Jersey Central Power & Light, a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., said Thursday the investment is designed both to improve day-to-day service reliability for its 1.1 million New Jersey customers and to prepare the electric system for growth.

The work includes completion of a new substation in Tewsksbury and replacement of underground cables and utility poles.

Unrelated to this work, JCP&L says it's also preparing a plan for hardening, or stormproofing, its system in the wake of the heavy damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

On Wednesday, the state's largest utility, PSE&G, announced it was filing a nearly $4 billion stormproofing plan with the state Board of Public Utilities.