FAQs - Burlington-Camden Reliability Project

  1. What will this project do?
  2. Why is this upgrade needed?
  3. How was this route selected?
  4. Where will it go?
  5. When will it be built?
  6. How much will it cost?
  7. What are the benefits to the region?
  8. What approvals are you seeking?
  9. Why doesn’t PSE&G focus on energy conservation and alternative energy sources like solar and wind power?
  10. Do the lines produce electric and magnetic fields?
  11. Are electric and magnetic fields harmful?
  12. Who can I contact for more information?

What will this project do?

PSE&G’s Burlington - Camden 230kV upgrade project will ensure reliable electric power for the southern New Jersey region by upgrading the transmission system and substations from 138,000 - volt (138kV) to 230,000 - volt (230kV) operation.

Why is this upgrade needed?

People are using more electricity to power everything from big-screen televisions to computers and the latest kitchen gadgets. The existing Burlington-Camden power system, some of which dates back to the 1940s, was built before the popularity of computers, large televisions, iPods, cellular phones and other electric devices that have become common in our lives. Population trends indicate continued growth in the region.

The PSE&G Burlington-Camden 230kV upgrade is a reliability project designed to deliver the electric power required by southern New Jersey businesses and residents. The project will relieve transmission system overloads, provide better power quality, and reduce transmission system congestion experienced in the region. Contingency analysis has shown outages would result from voltage violations near the Burlington and Camden 138 kV Stations. The recommended solution to address these voltage violations is to upgrade and convert the existing overhead transmission circuits, underground circuits, substations and switching stations from 138kV to 230kV.

How was this route selected?

The selected routes follow existing PSE&G rights of way for both the overhead portions of the project from the Burlington Switching Station to the Camden Switching Station in Pennsauken, and for the underground portions of the project from Pennsauken to the Gloucester Switching Station in Gloucester City.

Where will it go?

Overhead transmission wire upgrades will take place in Burlington City, Burlington Township, Willingboro, Delran, Cinnaminson and Pennsauken along the existing PSE&G right of way. Also, four PSE&G stations will be upgraded to 230kV. They are: Burlington Switching Station (Burlington City and Township), Levittown Substation (Willingboro), Cinnaminson Substation (Cinnaminson) and Camden Switching Station (Pennsauken).

The underground transmission upgrade wi ll replace existing underground 138kV cables with 230kV cables from the Camden Switching Station to Cuthbert Boulevard Substation (Cherry Hill) and on to the Gloucester Switching Station (Gloucester City). These three stations also will be upgraded to 230kV operation.

When will it be built?

Underground construction began in the second quarter of 2011. Overhead construction will begin in the first quarter of 2012. Substation construction and switching station construction began in the second quarter of 2012. As of The June 2014, the project is complete and in-service.

How much will it cost?

The project cost is estimated to be $399 million.

What are the benefits to the region?

The upgrade will help the region’s utilities meet the growing demand for safe, reliable electricity.

What approvals are you seeking?

The Burlington-Camden 230kV upgrade project will secure necessary approvals and permits from municipalities along the route.

Why doesn’t PSE&G focus on energy conservation and alternative energy sources like solar and wind power?

PSE&G is committed to initiatives already under way to reduce electric use by boosting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. But even with these alternatives, statewide electric demand is still expected to increase. This upgrade is needed to meet regional demand.

Do the lines produce electric and magnetic fields?

Electric and magnetic fields are present wherever there is a flow of electr ic current, whether in wires in the home, electrical appliances, or power lines. Electric fields are produced by the voltage or electrical pressure in a wire and are present even if an appliance is turned off, as long as it is connected to a source of elec tric power. Magnetic fields are produced whenever there is a flow of electric current through a wire. Electric and magnetic fields are not visible, like other fields such as a gravitational field or a temperature field.

Are electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) harmful?

The overwhelming body of scientific study shows no definitive link between EMF and human health issues. Since 1977, concerns over magnetic fields and possible health effects have been the subject of numerous scientific and regulatory review panels, and extensive research and studies continue to be funded in this field of study.

After nearly 30 years of worldwide research, there are no direct or causal links between electric and magnetic fields and adverse health effects. New Jersey has standards regarding maximum permissible electric fields at the edge of transmission line rights of way. However, there are no state standards with regards to magnetic field levels nor are there any federal rules, regulations or standards for either electric or magnetic field levels.

Magnetic fields from appliances like hair dryers, microwave ovens, and motorized appliances are often stronger than the fields directly beneath power lines. PSE&G will design and install this line according to appropriate state and federal guidelines related to safety and environmental impact.

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Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or concerns, please visit our website at http://www.psegtransmission.com/reliability-projects/burlington-camden  or call our toll free number at 1-877-678-5784.