Underground Transmission Upgrade Program
Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility, is continuing its investment in infrastructure by upgrading several underground electric transmission circuits in its service territory. These upgrades include replacing the existing underground conduit with new conductor and reinforcing underground equipment.
PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) responsible for planning the transmission system in all or parts of 13 states, including New Jersey, identified the need for this portfolio of critical projects to continue to ensure safe, highly reliable electric service for New Jersey residents and business owners.
From 2009 to 2014, PSE&G invested more than $290 million to upgrade approximately 85 miles of existing underground transmission circuits through Union, Essex, Passaic, Bergen and Camden counties. The utility plans to invest approximately $150 million over the next three years [see Forward Looking statement] to continue to upgrade and reinforce aging underground circuits.
In 2015, PSE&G plans to continue upgrading an additional 17 miles of underground circuit in Bergen County. In 2016, an additional 10.5 miles of existing circuit will be upgraded through Bergen and Passaic counties.
PSE&G demonstrates intense planning and orchestration during all phases of construction to ensure power is not lost while the system is being upgraded.