New Delays in Highlands Power Line Could Drive Up Congestion, Costs

May 19, 2011 – In The News
NJ Spotlight

The plans for the high-voltage power plant that extends through the Delaware River National Recreation Area have been delayed. The plans, which have been approved by the Board of Public Utilities, are now under review by the National Park Service.

The Board of Public Utilities said without the new power lines, the state could experience periodic blackouts and brownouts due to congestion. This congestion would also drive up prices for consumers.

"Unless the economic downturn changed the projections of load growth, we could be playing with fire," said Steven Goldenberg, who represents businesses that use large amounts of energy. "In terms of reliability and the cost of power, it is a cause for concern."

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