According to the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), an existing power line needs to be upgraded with an additional line. The new 500,000V power line will benefit all area residents and businesses, regardless of their local electric company, by helping to prevent overloads in the regional grid.

The company said that the transmission line will be built between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The selected route begins in Hardwick Township, Warren County, proceeds east to Andover Township, Sussex County, and on to Jefferson Township, Morris County. The route continues east to Montville Township and then turns south to Roseland Borough, Essex County.

Ralph LaRossa, president of PSE&G, said: “The line is needed because demand for electricity in our area has risen in recent years, and is expected to continue to grow.

“PJM Interconnection, the independent regional planning organization, has determined that 23 transmission circuits will be overloaded within its 15-year planning horizon if the Susquehanna-Roseland project is not constructed and placed into service.”

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is a gas and electric delivery utility in New Jersey. It is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), a diversified energy company.