Newark, N.J., June 18, 2012 — Public Service Electric and Gas Co. won New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approval to construct the North Central Reliability Project, which would upgrade transmission lines and substations in the northern and central regions of the state.
The upgrade is required by PJM Interconnection, the independent regional planning organization, to help maintain reliability. In addition, the project will create much-needed jobs.
The existing power system, some of which dates back to the 1920s, needs to be upgraded to keep pace with the demand for power created by technology, such as large-screen televisions, iPods, cellular phones and other electronic devices that are now commonplace. The upgraded 230kV system will benefit all area residents and businesses, regardless of their local electric company.
During heavy construction it will be necessary for safety to limit access to the right of way only to authorized personnel. Construction is beginning this week along the right of way between the Roseland and West Orange switching stations in the towns of Roseland, West Orange and Livingston. PSE&G will continue to provide updates as construction progresses along the right of way.
This project is among $3.5 billion in transmission upgrades PSE&G will make during the next several years to maintain system reliability. These investments are also expected to create the equivalent of about 6,500 jobs.