North Brunswick Switching Station Upgrade Project
About the Project
The North Brunswick Switching Station Upgrade is a critical construction project that will help PSE&G continue to deliver safe, highly reliable electric service for our customers long into the future.
Required by PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator, this project is a $112 million investment designed to reconfigure and upgrade the PSE&G Brunswick Switching Station in North Brunswick, NJ. A switching station is a part of the transmission system that steps down high voltages to lower voltages before power is transmitted to substations, where the voltage is further reduced so that the electricity can be used in local homes and businesses.
This project will reconfigure the Brunswick Station’s 230,000 volt (230kV) switch yard, eliminate the existing 138,000 volt (138kV) switch yard, and construct a new 69,000 (69kV) switch yard to connect this station to the 69kV switch yard at the PSE&G Bennetts Lane Substation in Somerset, NJ. The reconfiguration work includes the installation of new monopoles, as well as modifications to the existing electric equipment. All construction work will be completed inside the station fence line.
Construction for this critical upgrade project will begin in December 2015 and continue through Q1 2019. No electric service outages will be caused by this work. Some construction activities may cause an increase in noise but all efforts will be made to minimize noise.
As part of the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan (RTEP), these additions and improvements will enhance electric transmission system reliability in the North Brunswick area, while meeting power quality requirements in the region.