PSE&G Susquehanna-Roseland Project: unnecessary and excessive
In response to PSE&G’s press release of
November 6, announcing initiation of approvals through the NJ Board of
Public Utilities (BPU), Stop The Lines today released this statement:
choice to apply directly to NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU)
-bypassing the municipal approval process - is a clear sign that they
feel this project is locally un-approvable.
PSE&G continues to obfuscate - they need to
be more forthcoming that their plan is to add a 500Kv line to the
existing 230Kv line. The existing 230Kv line typically carries 500MW of
power. The new 500Kv line be able to carry 3000MW of power, a 700
percent increase in the current transmission capacity! This is an
extremely excessive increase to offset an alleged 1.4 to 1.6 percent
increase in peak demand over the next several years.
proposed line is unnecessary, as there are numerous other ways to deal
with peak demand issues including peak load management using smart
meters, conservation, efficiency, and alternate energies. Peak demand
time is only 50 hours out of the year.
proposed line is in direct conflict with the recently announced NJ
Energy Master Plan, which has the goal of using less energy in 2020
than we are currently using.
It is also irresponsible; PSE&G
continues to disregard the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of
externalized costs - property devaluation, business losses, etc. — that
would be caused by running 190’+ high towers through our neighborhoods,
and destroying our region’s scenic resources.
This proposed line
will also have a devastating environmental impact. Monopole foundations
will take weeks or months to drill, and the impact on our preserved
lands and the Highlands would be atrocious. Our water supplies and
wetlands are also threatened.
also continues to disregard the very real potential health consequences
of children and others living in neighborhoods along the proposed route.
workshops are not helpful - they, instead, need to come up with some
real answers, like how this project can possibly be considered a
“reliability project”. As currently proposed, it is much more of a
More information about the Susquehanna-Roseland Project, and our opposition to it is available at www.stopthelines.com
and Stop The Lines
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