PPL Electric Utilities has submitted the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for approval.
The $200 million project involves construction of three new electrical substations and a 230-kilovolt power line, part of which will run through Luzerne County. Its purpose is to improve service and reduce outages for approximately 250,000 customers in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.
PPL already solicited input at 13 public meetings. The PUC review process takes about a year, during which there will be opportunities for additional public input.
The power line route represents the company’s best effort to balance social, environmental and cost impacts while ensuring PPL can fulfill its obligation to provide reliable electric service, said Stephanie Raymond, PPL Electric Utilities Transmission and Substation vice president.
“We recognize that there is no perfect route for a power line,” she said. “That’s why we are so diligent about seeking and listening to public input and making changes to the project – where we can – to address any concerns that may be raised.”
PPL Electric Utilities will construct about 57 miles of new 230-kilovolt power line from the Wilkes-Barre area to an area west of Hawley in Wayne County using steel poles averaging 145 feet in height.
The new power line will connect the new electrical substations to the existing high-voltage grid, strengthening the local electric delivery network in a market that has been growing for decades and is expected to increase further.
For the Luzerne County section of the project, the route will start at the PPL Electric Utilities Jenkins Substation in Plains Township and run parallel to an existing transmission line for about 2.4 miles in an easterly direction, crossing Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
After crossing the turnpike, the route proceeds south for 4.6 miles, crossing Bald Mountain Road and passing around the eastern edge of the Bear Creek wind farm to intersect with an existing natural gas pipeline right-of-way.
The power line route will then turn southeast for 7.7 miles, paralleling the north side of the pipeline, crossing sections of State Game Lands 91 and passing near a natural gas compressor station to end at a to-be-constructed West Pocono Substation in Buck Township.
For information, visit www.pplreliablepower.com/northeast-pocono.
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