Why is this project needed?
PJM, the regional entity responsible for planning the transmission system, identified the need for the Bergen to Linden Corridor Upgrade Project, which is designed to deliver the electric power required by New Jersey businesses and residents.
The project will eliminate electric system capacity issues in Northern New Jersey, providing better power quality in the region.
PSE&G’s Bergen to Linden Corridor (BLC) Upgrade Project will ensure reliable electric service, eliminate anticipated transmission constraints, and respond to PJM Interconnection, L.L.C (PJM)/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-mandated infrastructure expansion in the northeast corridor of the state by replacing the existing 138kV transmission system from Ridgefield, NJ to Linden, NJ with a double circuit 345kV transmission system. The project will require overhead and underground transmission circuit upgrades, as well as modifications to existing electric stations, and the construction of a new substation.
People are using more electricity to power everything from big-screen televisions to computers and the latest kitchen appliances. The existing transmission system in the project area dates back to the 1920’s.
How was this route selected?
The selected route for the overhead and underground transmission upgrades follows existing PSE&G right-of-ways for the project from the PSE&G’s Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield, NJ to the Linden Switching Station in Linden, NJ, thereby minimizing the construction impact to the surrounding communities.
Where will it go?
The project will be separated into three phases and will require overhead transmission modifications within existing PSE&G right of ways, as well as underground cable replacements and new 345kV cable routes. There will be major upgrades to 9 existing stations, and the construction of a new switching station at Newark Liberty International Airport. The route and stations extend through seven municipalities in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union Counties, including Ridgefield, North Bergen, Jersey City, Bayonne, Newark, Elizabeth, and Linden. The existing 138kV lattice towers supporting the overhead lines will be replaced with monopoles or new lattice towers, depending on design conditions, material lead times, and permit conditions. The underground transmission lines will be using a combination of new and existing conduits, and existing stations will be upgraded almost entirely within existing fence lines.
When will it be built?
Phase 1 will focus upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Hudson-Bergen/Marion-Bergen 230kV and 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Bergen Switch, North Bergen, Homestead, Penhorn, and Marion stations. Construction of Phase 1 is expected to commence on or about August 2014, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2016.
Phase 2 will focus upon work to be performed within the PSE&G Linden - Bayway 138kV overhead transmission corridor, and the Linden and Bayway stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2017.
Phase 3 will focus on work to be performed upon the facilities interconnected by underground cable, looping together the Bayway, North Ave, Newark Airport, Bayonne and Marion stations, with an anticipated in-service date of June 2018. The underground system will serve to loop together the facilities upgraded in Segment 1 and Segment 2 of the project.
How much will it cost?
The project cost is estimated to be $1.2 billion.
What are the benefits to the region?
The work within our stations and right of ways will be beneficial to deliver safe, reliable electric service to our customers, increase the resiliency of the electric transmission system, and foster economic growth in New Jersey by creating construction jobs and providing vital electric service for further economic growth.
What approvals are you seeking?
PSE&G will secure all required permits and approvals from all federal, state and local governmental agencies with jurisdiction over the upgrade project.
Do the lines produce electric and magnetic fields?
Electric and magnetic fields are present wherever there is a flow of electric 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 electric 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 call our toll free project hotline at 1-800-541-9020.