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Greed behind PSE&G's proposal

December 12, 2008

To the Editor:

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Fortunately, you are misinformed ("Let there be light," Nov. 22). The fact that you printed your opinion means that our shouts are heard and are getting reaction. We, the people behind opposing the Susquehanna-Roseland Project, know we have a tough fight. Thankfully, we are prepared to do our very best at bringing our cause in front of the people and organizations that hopefully will make an informed decision, carefully weighing the possible problem of overloaded electrical lines and the proposed massive transmission line as the solution.

From statistics on their own Web site, PSE&G has stated that electrical demand has grown at rates of less than 2 percent per year over the last decade. The proposed transmission line is an upgrade of 300-700 percent depending on what measure you are using. This huge increase in supply for the small increase in demand should be a signal for all to see an ulterior motive of some sort, greed in particular. With the huge excess of electricity the utility wants to bring past our rural homes they will be able to sell the oversupply for higher rates to urban areas.

The proposed transmission line's terminus is in or near PSE&G's metropolitan region covering Essex and Bergen counties. These areas are pretty much built out. Population growth is limited in the target area, so demand from new consumers is not an issue. Appliances and electrical gadgets are now sipping energy next to yesterday's devices. Even the simple light bulb is being replaced by CFLs that use only one-fourth the power the of the old style bulbs. The need for more power is not where the project is being built!

A better solution to the address overloads is through local generation, something that the deregulation of the industry has not incentivized recently. There are mothballed facilities throughout the region that could be revamped with more efficient generating facilities in addition newer facilities don't pollute like the older facilities. These are not cheap or easy to implement, but neither is this line. This project will cost over $1 billion, supplied by the 51 million ratepayers in the region. In addition the utility stands to make 11percent profit by using our money.

Tom Hill

Fredon

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