Borough of Madison Restores Power Following Earlier Widespread Outage Due to Blown JCP&L Insulator at Kings Road Substation

3.7.19 Outage_01Madison, NJ – March 7, 2019 – This morning, around 11:00 A.M. the Borough of Madison experienced a widespread power outage. Upon immediate dispatch and investigation, the Madison Electric Department discovered a blown JCP&L insulator at the Madison Substation on Kings Road.

By 12:00 P.M. (noon) Madison Electric Department was able to restore power borough wide through our secondary feeder line. JCP&L arrived on scene to address the extensive damage to their infrastructure. As JCP&L continues to work on repairs to the damage that was caused by their blown insulator, Madison Electric Department is able to power the entire borough through the second feeder line.

“Thanks to the Madison Electric Department for their quick efforts as they efficiently and safely worked to address and correct the issue that was caused by JCP&L’s malfunctioning 3.7.19 Outage_03equipment,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Safety, service and reliability are what Madison Electric Department endeavors to provide, and through their rapid response to restore power to all electric customers within an hour, they did just that,” continued Conley. Conley continued on, stating, “In addition to the Madison Electric Department, I would like to thank the Madison Police and Fire Departments, as well as Morris County, Chatham Borough, Florham Park and Harding Township, as they quickly and effectively responded to an onslaught of calls, including reports of individuals stuck in elevators, throughout the borough.”

3.7.19 Outage_02Conley has been in communication with JCP&L President James Fakult, to ensure that repairs to their damaged infrastructure are addressed in a timely manner, as well as preventative maintenance so that another incident of this nature does not occur. JCP&L indicated that the full repair would be completed by end of day tomorrow, Friday, March 8th, returning the feed into Madison to full reliability. The Madison Electric Department will be working closely with JCP&L during the repair.

At this point, we do not expect any further blips in power or power surges. In the unlikely event that power has to be temporarily effected to allow JCP&L to address their issues, notice will be made via Borough social media and through Nixle.

We appreciate residents patience and understanding throughout the duration of the widespread outage, and remind residents that in the event of a power outage to please call (973) 966-7330. The Madison Police Department Dispatch Desk (973) 593-3000 and 911 are reserved for emergencies.

A PDF of the release can be found here