PSE&G ELECTRIC RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES
Maintaining safe, reliable electric service
- PSE&G’s proposed electric reliability projects in Cranford are part of a statewide plan to upgrade its infrastructure to ensure that the utility can meet the needs of customers today and well into the future.
- PSE&G has been upgrading its electric system throughout the state by installing stronger poles and state-of-the-art wires and other equipment to withstand increasingly damaging storms due to climate change and to meet the demand for electricity.
- Since 2007, PSE&G has installed more than 400 miles of 69,000-volt (69kV) lines in more than 93 municipalities in New Jersey. By the end of 2023, we anticipate that 570 miles will have been upgraded.
- To address the demand for electric capacity as well as provide additional redundancy, PSE&G is upgrading its local infrastructure by adding a higher capacity line that will alleviate the demand on the existing older network. The line will connect PSE&G’s Front Street substation in Scotch Plains with its Springfield Road substation in Union.
- In addition, PSE&G is in negotiations to purchase a property in Cranford to replace an existing outdated substation in Clark.
- The new poles will also carry fiber optic wire to improve communication between substations, shortening the duration of power outages.
- The project will replace 73 existing poles. In general, the existing poles are between 45 and 55 feet tall (38 and 47 feet above ground). The replacement poles will range between 65 and 75 feet tall (56 and 65 feet above ground).
Significant benefits for electric customers
- Upon completion, these upgrades will provide increased electric capacity and a redundant supply of electric service for the entire region, providing our customers in Cranford and surrounding towns with safe, reliable electric service.
- Questions about this project can be directed to PSE&G’s Project Hotline at 1-800-901-5035.
PSE&G will continue to provide updates to Cranford officials on this important reliability upgrade project as information becomes available. In the meantime, should you have additional questions or concerns about this project, please contact PSE&G’s Project Hotline at 800-901-5035. All calls will be returned within 24 hours during normal business days.