NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Final approval has been given for a new high-voltage power line that will run through the parkland spanning Pennsylvania and New Jersey on either side of the Delaware River, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Utility officials said the Susquehanna-Roseland line would double the capacity and the height of power lines. The project is necessary to avoid power problems that could result in brownouts or blackouts, according to the companies building the project, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. in New Jersey and PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania.
The roughly $1 billion project would raise the lines' capacity from 230 kilovolts to 500 kilovolts and raise towers to as high as 190 feet tall. It will run through 16 municipalities in northwestern New Jersey, from Berwick, Pa., to Roseland.
In a joint statement, Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G, and Gregory N. Dudkin, president of PPL, said they expected the line to be in service by the summer of 2015.
"This new line will reinforce our nation's critical energy infrastructure for future generations," they said in the statement. "It will ensure that homes and businesses in a multistate region continue to enjoy safe and reliable electric service long into the future."
The utilities claim the new line will reduce electric bills for some customers, relieve congestion on the existing power grid and support 2,000 jobs.