JCP&L's 2013 Vegetation Management Work Underway

               JCP&L's 2013 Vegetation Management Work Underway

Program is Expected to Improve Reliability of Service and Reduce Tree-Related
Power Outages

PR Newswire

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 15, 2013

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --After successfully inspecting
and trimmingtrees along nearly 4,000 miles of lines across its system in
2012, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has begun work on its $24 million
2013 vegetation management program.

In January, 410 circuit miles serving Berkeley Township, and Lakewood in Ocean
County; Long Branch in Monmouth County; and Parsippany and Dover in Morris
County were completed. Work in February includes more than 300 miles in the
following counties and municipalities:

  oHunterdon – Asbury, Bloomsbury, Flemington, Readington, Stockton
  oMiddlesex – Englishtown, Jamesburg, Old Bridge, Monroe, Spotswood, and
  oMonmouth – Asbury Park, Deal, Eatontown, Long Branch, Monmouth Beach,
    Ocean, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch
  oMorris – Chatham, Chester, Dover,Flanders, Kenvil, Lincoln Park, Mendham,
    Mine Hill, Montville,Morristown, Oak Ridge, Pompton Plains,
    Randolph,Riverdale, Rockaway and Succasunna
  oOcean – Brick, Lakewood
  oPassaic – West Milford
  oSomerset – Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone
  oSussex – Franklin, Hamburg, Stockholm
  oUnion – Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit
  oWarren– Blairstown

"The vegetation management program is an important component of our annual
investment in infrastructure to deliver reliable service to customers," said
Don Lynch, JCP&L president. "The severe weather events that our region has
experienced over the past few years have heightened everyone's awareness about
how trees impact electric infrastructure and the potential dangerous
conditions that can result when trees and power lines touch."

All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L's certified forestry
contractors including Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company,Jaflo
Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., and Nelson Tree Service Inc.

To help maintain safe and reliable electric service, JCP&L regularly trims
trees and conducts vegetation management work along its electric distribution
lines on a four year cycle. The company's certified forestry experts inspect
vegetation near the lines and make every effort to prune trees in a manner
that preserves the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near
electric facilities. When necessary, trees that present a danger or are
diseased will be removed.

JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management
schedules. Customers living in areas along company right-of-ways are also
notified prior to work being done.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). JCP&L serves 1.1
million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer,
Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and
Warren. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L and Facebook at

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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

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