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US agency approves 500kV Susquehanna-Roseland power line

By: EBR Staff Writer |

National Park Service, a US government agency, has given final approval for the proposed 146-mile Susquehanna-Roseland power line.

Construction for the project, which is undertaken by Public Service Electric and Gas in New Jersey and PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania, has already started along some areas of the route.

This grid upgrade will improve electric service in the Northeast as well as create new jobs and provide economic stimulus to the region.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, “This project brings the nation’s electric system one step closer to a modern, 21st-century grid that is safer and more secure.”

The 500kV power transmission line, which will run from Berwick in Pennsylvania to Roseland in New Jersey, is likely to be in service before the summer peak electricity demand period of 2015.

The $1.2bn project is expected to save consumer about $200m per year by relieving congestion that currently exists on the power grid.