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FERC approves New Jersey, New York interconnection line

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, July 01, 2011

A proposed transmission line that would connect the power supply networks of New York and New Jersey came under fire when officials in the Garden State said it would decrease reliability of power grid. However, the government has sides with project's backers, voting to allow its construction, according to a published report.

According to a report from New Jersey Spotlight, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said this week that an interconnection line between the two states can be built. What's more, it said that the transmission line will decrease the likelihood of power disruptions in New York, while also helping to keep prices lower for customers.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities argued unsuccessfully that the transmission line would increase energy and capacity prices. It also said the transmission line would hurt grid reliability in the northern part of the state, which is already projected to begin suffering brownouts beginning in the summer of 2012, the news source reports.

The proposed 660-megawatt interconnection line will ensure that power is transferred from an automated substation in New Jersey operated by Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), to a substation in West 49th street operated by Consolidated Edison.

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