North-Central Reliability Project
About the Project
The North Central Reliability Project, a $390 million job spanning Essex, Morris, Union, Warren, and Middlesex counties, consisted of upgrading 55 circuit miles of 138 kilo-volt (kV) transmission line to 230 kilo-volt (kV). The upgraded line runs through: West Orange, Livingston, Roseland, Florham Park, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark, Edison, Metuchen and Woodbridge along an existing PSE&G overhead right-of-way.
The project consisted of constructing and converting seven existing stations to 230kV operation. The following stations have been upgraded:
- West Orange Switching Station (West Orange)
- Marion Drive Substation (West Orange)
- Laurel Avenue Substation (Livingston)
- Fanwood Substation (Fanwood)
- New Dover Substation (Woodbridge)
- Pierson Avenue Substation (Edison)
- Woodbridge Substation (Woodbridge)
The project was completed on time and was placed in-service in June 2014.
Economic Impacts of PSE&G’s North-Central Reliability Project
Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy recently released a report detailing the estimated economic impact of the transmission network upgrades planned as part of PSE&G’s statewide infrastructure upgrades.
According to the study, the project has had a positive impact on New Jersey’s economy. The $390 million investment [see Forward Looking statement] to upgrade the capacity of PSE&G’s North-Central transmission network from 138kV to 230kV, accounted for the creation much needed jobs. The total construction expenditures also generated labor compensation, state and local tax revenue, licensing and permitting fees paid to governments and public agencies and total gross domestic product for New Jersey (GDP).
Read the Rutgers Report: Economic Impact Analysis of PSE&G's Capital Expenditure Portfolio