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Jersey Central Power and Light will install 1.1 million smart meters

Posted on Mar 07, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to install 1.1 million smart meters for its customers from 2023.

The plan, approved last week by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, calls for the installation of more than 1.1 million smart meters over three years. About a third of smart meters are expected to be installed each year. The majority of JCP&L customers will have one installed by 2026.

“Smart meters help ensure accurate readings and will provide customers with the information they need to better manage their electricity usage. Going forward, it will also help us restore power faster, especially in stormy weather,” said JCP&L President Jim Fakult. “FirstEnergy has had tremendous success with this technology in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and we’re excited to bring it to our New Jersey customers.”

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.

Smart meters allow two-way communication and automated meter reading. They eliminate the need for on-site meter readings and result in more accurate billing. They also help customers better track their energy usage, which reduces electricity costs. They also help the company detect and locate faults more quickly.

Customers will be notified by mail approximately one month prior to the installation of the smart meter. The process only takes a few minutes and will cause minimal disruption to electrical service. Customers can opt out of receiving a smart meter by paying a monthly fee.

FirstEnergy has installed over 2.7 million smart meters since 2014 in its service territory. Currently they are nearly complete in Pennsylvania and underway in Ohio.

JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.