Reliability Project Overview
The Susquehanna-Roseland Electric Reliability Project is a 500kV transmission line from the Berwick area in Pennsylvania to PSE&G’s switching station in Roseland, New Jersey. PSE&G is building the New Jersey portion of the line, while PPL Electric Utilities, based in Allentown, PA, will build the Pennsylvania portion. The power line project was mandated by PJM Interconnection, the regional entity responsible for planning the transmission system, who determined that the new line was necessary to ensure reliable electric service.
The route for the New Jersey portion of the line begins in Hardwick Township, Warren County, proceeds east to Andover Township, Sussex County, and on to Hopatcong Borough, also in Sussex County. The route continues east to Montville Township in Morris County and then turns south to Roseland Borough, Essex County. It follows an existing power line for the entire 45-mile length and will pass through 16 municipalities. The municipalities include Andover Township, Boonton Township, Byram Township, East Hanover Township, Fredon Township, Hardwick Township, Hopatcong Borough, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Montville Township, Newton Township, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Rockaway Township, Roseland Borough, Sparta Township and Stillwater Township.
Overall construction began 2Q 2012. The entire project is estimated to be in-service by 2Q 2015.
As part of this project, PSE&G has constructed a new 500kV switching station, the Hopatcong Switching Station, on a 6.5 acre site near the Weldon Quarry where the new 500kV circuit crosses an existing 500kV circuit. The station is located on land owned by PSE&G within an exclusive utility easement. The 500kV circuit was energized between PSEG’s Hopatcong Switching Station east to its Roseland Switching Station as of April 1, 2014.