PSEG Power files NY State application to build generator lead across Hudson

Generator lead would deliver up to 1,200 MW to NYC

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 11, 2001 – PSEG Power has filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission for permission to construct and operate a direct generator lead (dedicated transmission line) that would deliver much-needed electric capacity to the West Side of Manhattan from a New Jersey generating station.

Article VII of New York’s Public Service Law calls for a one-stop, comprehensive review of the environmental, technical, economic, and public safety aspects of proposed electric transmission facilities. The application is in line with a possible 2003 in-service date. Applications for necessary New Jersey and federal approvals will be filed in the near future

The Article VII application for the Cross Hudson project was filed yesterday by an indirect PSEG Power subsidiary, PSEG Power Cross Hudson Corporation, which also would construct and operate the generator lead.

The Cross Hudson project would involve construction of an approximately eight-mile generator lead connecting a generating unit at PSEG Power’s Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield, NJ, with a Consolidated Edison electric distribution substation located at 49th Street in Manhattan. The generator lead would follow underground routes in New Jersey and would cross the Hudson River via embedded submarine cable.

PSEG Power is considering the Cross Hudson project as part of its ongoing redevelopment of the region’s electric generating infrastructure, a program that includes expanding and improving existing power plant sites with new, clean, state-of-the-art generating technology. Projects under construction or development would provide more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity and the retirement of almost 900 MW of older, less efficient capacity. These projects will improve the reliability and efficiency of the region’s electric system and enhance competition in the wholesale electric power market.

PSEG Power is one of the nation’s largest independent power and energy trading companies. The company has more than 17,000 MW of electric generating capacity in operation, construction, or advanced development. Projects in the regional redevelopment include a 550-MW, natural gas-fired, combined cycle plant under construction at Bergen and slated for operation in 2002; an additional 550-MW unit at Bergen slated for 2004 operation; an 1,186-MW, gas-fired, combined cycle unit now under construction at Linden (NJ) Generating Station scheduled for 2003 operation; and a 750 MW combined cycle plant under development at the site of the existing Albany Steam Station in Bethlehem, NY. In addition, PSEG this summer, brought on line 175 MW of new simple cycle peaking capacity at the site of its Kearny (NJ) Generating Station.

In addition to projects under construction or development in markets served by the PJM and New York independent system operators, PSEG Power recently started construction on an 850-MW gas-fired, combined cycle plant in Waterford, Ohio and broke ground last week on an 1,150 MW facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

PSEG Power is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, a diversified energy holding company with headquarters in Newark, NJ.

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