Each year, Atlantic City Electric makes important enhancements to the local energy grid to maintain safe and reliable service for customers. We invest hundreds of millions of dollars making the local energy grid stronger, smarter, and more resilient. This involves upgrading, modernizing, and expanding our system to meet the needs of our customers and communities.
Welcome to the home page of Atlantic City Electric’s Orchard to Lewis Corridor Transmission Reliability Projects. Our goal is to provide you with the most current information related to this family of transmission upgrades, as well as to provide avenues for public questions and comments. Feel free to contact us online or call us toll free at 855-839-1444. Please visit this site regularly as we will continue to make updates as information is available. Follow these quick links for specific information about your county. To read the Atlantic City Electric petition to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, click here.
The Orchard to Lewis Transmission Reliability Projects consists of several substantial transmission system upgrades that traverse five counties and 13 municipalities in the Atlantic City Electric service territory. The lines and equipment the company is upgrading play a critical role in addressing aging infrastructure, meeting demand for electricity and maintaining system reliability. The transmission system is responsible for moving power from generating stations to the facilities that deliver power to customers. The current infrastructure is approximately 80 years old.
The majority of the work will take place in the existing transmission right of way from the Orchard Substation in Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County to Lewis Substation in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County. This right of way is approximately 41 miles long.
The projects, expected to be completed by May of 2019, include upgrades to existing transmission lines and substations. In other words, the construction of this infrastructure will take place within existing right of ways and property lines, making improvements to a system that is already in place.
For more information about how the project may impact your area of interest, click on the County links below.
We are taking steps to assure continued reliable service in your area by investing in transmission upgrades through the communities of Pine Hill, Gloucester Township and Washington Township. The transmission line improvements are needed to maintain customer reliability and meet demand for electricity in these municipalities and the surrounding area. Feel free to contact us online or call us toll free at 856-351-7395.
We will upgrade approximately 4.3 miles of existing transmission lines that connect the Pine Hill Substation in Clementon to the Terrace Substation in Washington Township. Upgrading the existing transmission lines will help modernize the electric system, improve the resiliency of the line during weather events and further improve the overall transmission capabilities of the line.
To meet new construction standards and improve the resiliency of the line, the transmission upgrades require taller and larger structures. Both steel and wood transmission poles will be used for this project.
We will rebuild an existing 69kV line. The new line will follow the same path as the existing line, which traverses an existing right-of-way and follows county roads between the two substations. The current structures will be replaced with either wood or steel poles.
Construction of the transmission line is scheduled to start in February 2017 with an expected completion of May, 2017
PowerAhead, Atlantic City Electric's grid resiliency program, is a comprehensive plan to modernize the local energy grid by addressing vulnerable areas that have experienced extended outages during recent severe storms. Between 2017 and 2022, we will invest $79 million on new infrastructure and system upgrades through this targeted initiative.
PowerAhead's planned projects include:
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