August 7, 2008
PSE&G Selects Susquehanna-Roseland Route for New Jersey Power Line
The Public Service Enterprise Group has announced the selection of the Susquehanna-Roseland route for the proposed New Jersey power line connection to the regional electricity grid operated by PJM Interconnection, following the review of three possible routes.
The selected route begins in Hardwick Township, Warren County, proceeds east to Andover Township, Sussex County, and on to Jefferson Township, Morris County. The route continues east to Montville Township and then turns south to Roseland Borough, Essex County. It follows an existing power line for the entire 45-mile length and will pass through 15 municipalities.
PPL Electric Utilities is constructing the Pennsylvania portion of the 500kV line, which extends from its Susquehanna switching station near Berwick, Pennsylvania, to the Delaware River. PPL has also agreed with the route selection as the best pathway for the new line.
The Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) said that it will now initiate the extensive approval and permitting process needed to begin work on the selected route.
In addition to the placement of new towers and lines, PSE&G will construct two new substations, one in Jefferson Township, Morris County, and another at its existing property in the Roseland-East Hanover area to support the new 500kV line. Pending approvals, construction would start in late 2009 with completion of the new line expected in summer 2012.