JCP&L’s Montville-Whippany 230 kV Transmission Project
On March 27, 2015, JCP&L filed an application with the Board of Public Utilities seeking to construct a transmission line between its substations in East Hanover and Montville. This line will run through the Township of Montville and this section of the Township’s website is dedicated to providing the public with any updates regarding this application.
- Update No. 10
- Update No. 9
- Update No. 8
- Update No. 7
- Update No. 6
- Update No. 5
- Update No. 4
- Update No. 3
- Update No. 2
- Update No. 1
- April 3 -2015
Update #10 (February 19, 2016)
The Township continues to focus its efforts on the following areas:
- Continue to prepare for the Administrative Hearing scheduled for May 30, 2016
- Ongoing discussions with JCP&L with respect to the location of the transmission lines at the Meadows at Montville to the extent that JCP&L is considering moving the line further away from the Meadows condominium complex
- Continue to explore viable alternatives for the Chase condominium complex with the intent of the creating the least amount of impact to the community
Update No. 9 (October 27, 2015)
The JCP&L-Montville-Whippany 230kV Transmission Project timeline is as follows:
- November 30, 2015, Montville Township Direct Testimony Written testimony in New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proceeding outlining Montville Township's position on key issues.
- December 8, 2015, Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m., Montville Township High School Open meeting to the public on the proposed project.
- May 30, 2016, Administrative Hearing Opportunity for the Administrative Law Judge to hear the proceeding.
- September 1, 2016, Start of Construction Anticipated start of construction date.
- June 1, 2017, In-Service Date in which the PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of electricity and oversees transmission system reliability in all or part of the states and the District of Columbia, requested the line be in-service.
Update No. 8 (July 24, 2015)
The parties have had an initial conference with Judge McGee, the Administrative Law Judge who will be hearing Montville Township's challenge to the JCP&L-Montville-Whippany 230kV Transmission Project The Judge is asking the parties to come up with dates for discovery, the submittal of expert reports, and a timeline for the eventual hearing on this matter.
While the Township has not yet agreed on any of these discovery dates, it is certain that no decision will be rendered in this case until sometime, at the earliest, in the second quarter 2016. In the meantime the Township will continue to explore all possible experts and strategy to oppose this project. We note that no other parties have requested to intervene and the Court has not yet established an intervening date.
We will continue to post weekly updates here regarding this matter.
Montville Township Mayor, Committee and Administration
Update No. 7 (June 22, 2015)
There are no new updates to report.
Update No. 6 (June 12, 2015)
This past Tuesday evening, the Mayor and Township Committee met in executive session with Mo Bonder, the Township’s expert engineer. Mr. Bonder outlined various potential issues relating to the upcoming litigation with JCP&L.
Update No. 5 (May 29, 2015)
This week the Mayor and Township Committee sent correspondence to other municipalities seeking support with respect to the Township's position opposing the Montville-Whippany 230 kV Transmission Project. In addition, the Township has scheduled an executive session with its expert, Mo Bonder, to discuss strategy going forward. The executive session will not be open to the public so that JCP&L will not be privy to the discussion as it relates to litigation strategy.
Update No. 4 (May 21, 2015)
This week the Township’s Expert Engineering Consultant has completed his initial phase of due diligence and will be meeting with the Township Committee in executive session at the Township Committee’s meeting on June 9th to discuss various issues with respect to organizing and opposition strategy. Meanwhile, the Motion to Intervene has been received by the BPU and we are awaiting a decision from the BPU so that Montville may officially and formally participate in this application.
Update No. 3 (May 14, 2015)
There are no new updates to report.
Update No. 2 (May 1, 2015)
The Township of Montville has filed its Motion to Intervene (PDF) in JCP&L’s petition before the Board of Public Utilities for its proposed Montville-Whippany 230 kV Transmission Project. In filing this Motion, the Township hopes that it will have an opportunity before the Board to be fully heard as to the Township’s objections to JCP&L’s proposed transmission line.
Update No. 1 (April 24, 2015)
The Township of Montville is about to file an application to intervene in this action. A copy of the Motion to Intervene (PDF) will be available via a link that will be posted on this page. The Motion requests the ability of Montville to represent the municipality and comment and object to the application filed by JCP&L. Accordingly, it is hoped and anticipated that the application will be approved so the Township of Montville will be able to fully participate in JC&L’s application.
In the meantime, the special engineering consultants, Maser and Associates, have reviewed the application and provided preliminary comments regarding this matter to the Administration. In addition, Maser has consulted with legal counsel for the Township regarding possible additional experts and the extent of the scope of their services that will be necessary to vigorously oppose this application on behalf of the residents of the Township of Montville.
Finally, if you, or any group of individuals, seek to retain legal counsel, you should contact Fred Semrau, Esq., the Township’s municipal attorney, at 973-334-1900 or Victor Canning, Township Administrator at 973-331-3302 with any questions or to discuss the coordination of such efforts. Rest assured that the representation of the Township will be to serve the interest of all residents.
April 3, 2015
JCP&L recently filed a formal petition for the Montville-Whippany Reinforcement Project (proposed transmission line from Montville to East Hanover) with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The Project Petition is available for review on the FirstEnergy website.
In addition, residents can view the project maps (PDF) on the same website, or by visiting the Municipal Clerk’s office at Montville Township Town Hall, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, to view printed, 11 by 17 maps.