PSE&G Statement on NJ BPU Approval of McCarter Switching Station Agreement

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is pleased that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) has approved the agreement reached last fall to build a new switching station in Newark’s West Ward to maintain safe, reliable electric service. PSE&G’s McCarter Switching Station will increase reliability of the city’s electric grid and build system redundancy that would have kept the lights on for thousands of customers had it been in service before Superstorm Sandy. The agreement is also a win for the city and community, supporting neighborhood economic development as well as jobs for city residents. PSE&G is ready to get to work on this critical upgrade.

Background

On November 21, 2014, the City of Newark, The Fairmount Neighborhood Association, The Urban League and PSE&G signed an agreement that will allow PSE&G to move forward with constructing a modern electric distribution station in Newark.  This new station was mandated by PJM, the federal authority charged with maintaining the reliability of the national electric grid.  It will assure continued reliability for both the region and the city enabling Newark to support data- heavy businesses coming to the city.

The construction had been delayed by the Newark Zoning Board to assure that the needs of the neighborhood and the city were taken into consideration before work began. 

Responding to community concerns, PSE&G reduced the size of facility and agreed to transfer unused land to the city for future economic development.  In addition, PSE&G made design changes on the facility to address both the security and aesthetics concerns of the community. The company agreed to employ a First Source hiring program for Newark residents and comply with the City’s Affirmative Action Plan for construction.