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1,200 Residents Experienced Power Loss This Morning, Says JCP&L

Power now restored to nearly all residents of Brick Township

A power outage in the area of Lanes Mill Road in Brick Township this morning led to just over 1,200 residents beginning their weekend in the dark.

“The call came in at 6:16 a.m.,” said Pete Johner, Area Manager for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). “Approximately 1,210 residents were without power at that time, and we had nearly everyone restored by 9:24 a.m.”

Johner said that “several” outages were likely due to a faulty piece of equipment on a specific pole in the area, which led to personnel and a contract crew being dispatched to the scene.

“Our crew found a fault in the equipment on the pole, so we had to open and close the circuits, and make repairs,” said Johner.

Johner described the installation of a recloser, which opens and close the circuits several times to clear faults in the power lines. It was the use of that device which led to power being restored, he said.

Johner added that all but 39 customers were now back up and running with electricity, as of 9:35 this morning.

1stcav August 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Usually it's a capacitor that has to be reset manually by a crew and is found by area outage's and good old fashion looking ( eyeballing the tripped unit ) by that crew.good job by the crew , poor job of maintaining the grid ( patch and run ) by JCP&L in OHIO !
none of yobusiness August 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
So 1stcav it seems like you know something about this stuff. Maybe you can help me understand why is it that we keep having all these outages? I have lived in Herbertsville since 1974 and cant remember having all that many outages until the last couple of years. Is JcPL not maintaining the lines?
Mark Story Jenks August 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I saw a Squirrel jump on a transformer several months ago. It produced an ominous sound, and a bright blue arc, and the critter fell to the ground. His fur was singed and he was dead. It knocked out the power until JCP&L came and reset it. A man from the power company said it happens quite often with Raccoons as well.

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