Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Does PJM need to run new line through wildlife refuge?

Section of letter from the NJBPU to PMJ questioning route of proposed new power line

NJ Spotlight today reports on a letter from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to the regional electricity grid operator, PJM Interconnection, questioning why PJM staff is recommending a preferred route for a proposed new transmission line that would cut through a national wildlife refuge and state-run wildlife management areas.

NJ Spotlight’s Tom Johnson writes:

“The 18-mile high-voltage line will run from the Hope Creek nuclear power plant in Salem County to neighboring Delaware, a project designed to address potential reliability problems in the region. The current transmission lines are pushed to the limits of how much power they can deliver from the facility, according to the PJM.

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“The proposed route, one of nine projects under consideration, may affect the Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsville, the Alloway Creek Watershed Wetland Restoration site, the Abbots Meadow Wildlife Management Area in Elsinboro, and the Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area in Salem, according to the BPU letter mailed in early June.

“In expressing concerns over the preferred route, the BPU compared the proposal with the highly contentious Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line now under construction, which also crosses federally protected land.”

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