JCP&L smart-meter rollout to start next year

  • March 21, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will begin installing smart meters in New Jersey homes and businesses from next year.

FirstEnergy subsidiary JCP&L’s plan was approved this month by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and includes installation of more than 1.1 million smart meters over a 36-month period. Approximately one-third of the smart meters are expected to be installed each year, with the majority of JCP&L customers receiving a smart meter by 2026.

“Smart meters help ensure accurate readings and will provide customers with information they need to better manage their electricity use,” said JCP&L president Jim Fakult. “In the future, it will also help us restore power more quickly, especially in storm situations. FirstEnergy has had tremendous success with this technology in Ohio and Pennsylvania and we are excited to bring it to our customers in New Jersey.”

Smart meters differ from traditional electric meters in that they allow for two-way communications and automated meter reading. They also help ensure accurate billing each month by virtually eliminating estimated readings.

Customers will be able track energy consumption to manage their electricity costs better and reduce energy usage. Future benefits include the ability to detect and locate outages more quickly and provide more accurate and timely storm restoration information.

About one month prior to smart meter installation, customers will receive information by mail addressing common questions and notifying them of their upcoming installation. On the day of installation, they can expect the process to take minutes with little disruption to their electric service. Customers will have the ability to opt out of receiving a smart meter by paying a monthly fee.

Across its service territory, FirstEnergy has installed more than 2.7 million smart meters since 2014. Smart meter implementation efforts are nearly complete in Pennsylvania and currently underway in Ohio.

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