BPU Expected to Green-Light PSE&G’s Plan for Newark Switching Station

1844By Tom Johnson for NJ Spotlight

The state Board of Public Utilities is expected to approve a settlement today that will let Public Service Electric & Gas build a new switching station in Newark’s West Ward, a project the utility says could prevent some of the widespread outages that left most of the city in the dark after Hurricane Sandy.

The agreement between PSE&G and Newark may end a year-old dispute over the utility’s plans to build a $138 million switching station, a project required by the operator of the nation’s largest power grid to increase reliability and relieve congestion. The latter can spike power prices for both consumers and businesses.

In the wake of the storm, which left millions of customers without electricity and gas, some for more than a week, the state has put greater emphasis on building resiliency into the power grid. That has led the BPU to order utilities to upgrade their infrastructure, an order PSE&G has embraced.

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