A project to increase electric capacity and improve power delivery throughout northern New Jersey includes replacing 20 towers in West Caldwell, according to PSE&G.
The utility company will hold a public workshop to address questions and concerns with West Caldwell residents regarding the "Northeast Grid Reliability Project” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Essex County Vocational School, 620 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell.
The Northeast Grid Reliability Project upgrades existing overhead transmission lines from 138,000 to 230,000 volts and will add a 230,000-volt underground transmission circuit throughout North Jersey.
Some 50 miles of transmission lines would be replaced, including the stretch from the Hudson Switching Station in Jersey City to the Roseland Switching Station in Roseland.
PSE&G plans to replace 20 existing lattice type towers in West Caldwell with monopoles that will run between three- to 30-feet higher than the existing towers. Some monopoles will be shorter and some will be taller than the existing highest towers, the utility said.
“The upgrade will deliver increased electric capacity required by New Jersey businesses and residents, increase transfer capability, provide better power quality, and reduce transmission system congestion," according to the utility.
PSE&G has submitted an application to the township’s Zoning Board and a hearing is pending.
Experts will be available at the informational meeting on Feb. 27 to discuss the project with residents. RSVP to Richard Dwyer at 1-877-678- 5784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the project, visit www.pseg.com/negrid.