NEWARK — Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) announced last week that it will seek approval from the New Jersey Board of Utilities to upgrade transmission lines and substations from existing 138,000-volt (138kV) power to 230,000-volt (230kV) power in the northern and central regions of the state. The North Central Reliability Project will maintain reliability for New Jersey businesses and residents, provide better power quality, and reduce transmission system congestion in the region according to the utility.
“The North Central Reliability Project is essential to meet the region’s demand for electricity over the long term and ensure that customers continue to have the reliable electric service they have come to expect,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G.
The North Central Reliability Project would upgrade existing PSE&G transmission lines and stations along its right-of-way from the Roseland Switching Station in Essex County to the West Orange Switching Station in Essex County and to the Sewaren Switching Station in Middlesex County. The existing 138kV transmission lines would be replaced with 230kV transmission lines across 35 miles through West Orange, Livingston, Roseland, Florham Park, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark, Edison, Metuchen and Woodbridge.
PSE&G will file for project approval with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in May. With BPU approval, work could begin in early 2012, with an in-service date of June 2014.
The cost of the project is currently estimated at between $300-$350 million and will create approximately 700,000 man hours of employment in the state of New Jersey during the course of the project, according to the company.
PSE&G’s public outreach and communications program will provide the public with information and opportunities to review the plans at four public workshops at locations along the route. Workshops are held between the hours of 4 – 8 p.m., and the public is invited to attend the workshop that is most convenient.
- Tuesday, March 22 – Mayfair Farms, 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange.
- Thursday, March 24 – Renaissance Woodbridge, Route 1, Iselin.
- Monday, March 28 – The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown.
- Thursday, March 31 — L’Affaire Fine Catering, 1099 US Highway 22, Mountainside.
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