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JCP&L wants to build unpopular power line in Monmouth County


Jersey Central Power & Light yesterday formally petitioned a state regulatory agency to approve a 10-mile-long high-voltage power line in Monmouth County that has sparked widespread opposition among residents. In a voluminous filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the state's second-largest electric utility said the $111 million project, most of it to be built along an existing New Jersey Transit rail line, would improve reliability for nearly a quarter million of its customers in the county.

The project, dubbed the Monmouth County Reliability Line, largely revives a proposal made in the early 1990s that was later dropped. If approved, it would entail a new 230-kilovolt transmission line, enhancement to substations and technology upgrades. more

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