The National Park Service issued a record of decision Oct. 1 affirming the route for the 500-kV Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line that PPL Electric Utilities and Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) had chosen.
PPL Electric Utilities also said Oct. 2 that Pennsylvania and New Jersey state regulators have already approved the route.
PPL Electric Utilities is building the line in Pennsylvania and PSE&G is building it in New Jersey. The companies have started construction activities along some areas of the 145-mile route and the line is expected to be in service before the summer peak electricity demand period of 2015, PPL Electric Utilities added.
About 95% of the route will follow the path of an existing 85-year-old power line that needs to be replaced as it is approaching the end of its useful life and is undersized for current electricity demands.
The company also said that the route crosses about four miles of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on the path of an existing power line. The utilities already have an existing property easement through the park service units, and the existing line had been in place for decades before the park units were established.
PPL Electric Utilities is a subsidiary of PPL (NYSE:PPL) and PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG).