Northeast Grid Reliability Project
About the Project
The Northeast Grid Reliability Project upgraded PSE&G’s power service in the northern part of New Jersey from 138kV service to 230kV on existing overhead transmission lines to comply with requirements set by the PJM Interconnection, the regional energy grid. New 230kV underground transmission circuits were also installed in Jersey City and from PSE&G’s Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield to its Athenia Switching Station in Clifton. This project ensures reliable electric power for nearly 1 million New Jersey businesses and residents that require increased electric capacity, increase transfer capability, provide better power quality and reduce transmission system congestion.
The project is estimated at $975 million [see Forward Looking statement] with completion in July 2016.
The project upgraded a 50-mile route of overhead transmission along existing PSE&G rights-of-way from Roseland, through West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Little Falls, Clifton, Bloomfield, Nutley, Belleville, North Arlington, Newark, Lyndhurst, Kearny and Jersey City. The overhead transmission portion of the project included new transmission towers all designed to withstand wind impacts up to 105 mph. Existing towers in Bloomfield, Nutley, Belleville and North Arlington were originally designed for 230kV power and therefore will not be replaced. A 3.5-mile underground transmission circuit was also installed in Jersey City from PSE&G’s Hudson Switching Station to its South Waterfront Switching Station. Additionally, a 15-mile underground circuit was installed through Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Bogota, Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Lodi, Saddle Brook, Garfield and Clifton. The project also included the reconfiguration of PSE&G’s switching stations in Roseland, Clifton, Saddle Brook, Newark and Jersey City.
PSE&G secured the necessary required permits and approvals from state and federal agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service and any other applicable state, municipal, county and regional agencies.
Economic Impacts of Construction Expenditures for PSE&G’s Northeast Grid 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 have a positive impact on New Jersey’s economy. Once completed, the $975 million investment [see Forward Looking statement] to upgrade the capacity of PSE&G’s overhead transmission line from 138kV to 230kV, as well as the addition of new 230kV underground circuits, accounted for the creation of thousands of much needed jobs. The total construction expenditures generated labor compensation, state and local tax revenue, licensing and permitting fees paid to governments and public agencies and an increase in total gross domestic product for New Jersey (GDP).
Read the Rutgers Report: Economic Impact Analysis of PSE&G's Capital Expenditure Portfolio