PSE&G Endorses New Transmission Lines To Improve Long-term Electric Reliability in New Jersey

500-kilovolt reinforcements will ease future transmission reliability


Jun 08, 2007, 01:00 ET from Public Service Electric and Gas Company

    NEWARK, N.J., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Public Service Electric
 and Gas Company (PSE&G) today endorsed construction of several new
 500-kilovolt transmission lines that will significantly improve the
 long-term reliability of the electric system that serves New Jersey
     The utility supports construction of three additional 500-kilovolt
 lines to reinforce transmission facilities on existing rights of way:
     -- An 80-mile line from Camden County (New Freedom) north to Middlesex
        County (Deans)
     -- A 30-mile line from Somerset County (Branchburg) to Essex County
     -- A 135-mile line from Luzerne County, PA to Essex County (Roseland).
     "These new transmission lines are essential for New Jersey to meet the
 growing demand for electricity over the long term," said Ralph LaRossa,
 president and chief operating officer of PSE&G. "PJM Interconnection, the
 regional transmission organization, has already identified a number of
 areas in which additional transmission facilities are needed to ensure the
 continued reliability of our region's electric grid and our state's
 economic growth. While long-term reliability is driving the need to build
 these lines, we also expect that they will eventually ease transmission
 congestion and lower electric prices for our customers." In April, the U.S.
 Department of Energy designated New Jersey and surrounding areas as
 critical congestion areas, highlighting the need for transmission
     LaRossa noted that these reinforcements, which would follow existing
 transmission pathways, are needed in addition to initiatives already under
 way to reduce electric use by boosting energy efficiency and renewable
 energy sources. For example, PSE&G recently announced plans to provide
 long-term financing of solar systems, as well as convert a portion of its
 vehicle fleet to hybrids.
     New Freedom to Deans line
     The new 500-kilovolt south-north line would originate at PSE&G's New
 Freedom station in Winslow Township, and travel northeast to connect with
 PSE&G's Deans station in South Brunswick, parallel to an existing
 500-kilovolt line. The proposed circuit would run on existing rights of way
 and parallel to existing transmission facilities where feasible, thereby
 minimizing disruption to New Jersey municipalities as well as the impact on
 the environment. The exact route of the new line would be determined once
 the proposal is accepted by PJM, which is responsible for planning and
 operating the regional transmission system in 13 states and the District of
     This line will be discussed with PJM as one solution to move additional
 electricity from the southern to the central part of New Jersey. In
 examining several potential routes, PSE&G will work with PJM and other
 transmission owners to determine the best location. If PJM agrees that the
 project is preferred to other alternatives, the line would become part of
 PJM's Regional Transmission Expansion Plan, subject to approval by the
 organization's board of managers.
     Branchburg to Roseland line
     The second line would run from PSE&G's Branchburg station in Somerset
 County to the Roseland station in Essex County. This reinforcement would
 use the same right of way as an existing circuit that carries lower
 voltages. If this route is selected and approved by PJM, this route would
 also become part of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.
     Susquehanna to Roseland line
     Later this month, PJM is expected to approve a third project to build a
 500-kilovolt line that would run west to east from Susquehanna station in
 Salem Township, PA to PSE&G's Roseland, NJ station. The project would also
 include construction of a new switching station on utility-owned property
 in Morris County, and would involve another utility.
     Although these new lines are still in the planning stages, PSE&G
 expects its portion of the cost to be about $1 billion, which would be
 shared by all customers in the PJM territory. The utility's 2.1 million
 electric customers would pay about 7.5 percent of the costs under
 transmission rates approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
 (FERC). If selected and approved by PJM, these lines would be built over
 five to eight years.
     For a map of the transmission lines endorsed by PSE&G, go to
     Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest
 and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
 three- quarters of the state's population. PSE&G has won the ReliabilityOne
 National Achievement Award for superior electric system reliability the
 last two years in a row. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise
 Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:   PEG), a diversified energy company

SOURCE Public Service Electric and Gas Company