June 25, 2009
Morris to benefit from PSE&G line upgrade
To the Editor:
a recent letter to the editor, David Slaperud of Stop the Lines
questioned whether residents who live near the Susquehanna-Roseland
power line will benefit from our planned upgrade. The answer is yes.
independent experts who manage the regional electricity grid have
warned that northern New Jersey faces a serious risk of brownouts and
blackouts without this upgrade. That's the sole reason they ordered
this project to be undertaken. The existing line went into service in
1931, and simply can't handle the modern load.
The circuits at
risk of overloading are sprinkled throughout the region, including nine
in Morris County and three in Sussex County. This part of the state is
almost entirely dependent on imported power. By fortifying the grid, we
are working to ensure that residents who live near the line will have a
reliable source of electricity.
One more point: A key reason
electricity rates in New Jersey are higher than in most other states is
the congestion on our transmission lines. This upgrade will relieve
some of that, resulting in an annual net savings to New Jersey
ratepayers of approximately $24 million.
Regional Public Affairs Manager
Public Service Electric & Gas