For Immediate Release
Decision Follows Analysis by Regional Grid Operator, PJM Interconnection
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - PJM Interconnection, the region's electric grid operator, recently completed an analysis of the Atlantic City Electric transmission system and has determined that construction of the proposed Minotola-to-Lincoln 138 kilovolt transmission line is no longer needed to maintain the reliability of the system. As a result Atlantic City Electric is cancelling plans for the line.
Initially, the project was approved by PJM Interconnection to enable the system to handle future infrastructure improvements by the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility and load growth in southern New Jersey.
"Although PJM approved the line in 2008 as means of maintaining compliance with national and local electric system reliability standards, the most recent study has indicated there is not a need for the project," said Robert Revelle, Atlantic City Electric Region Vice President.
The analysis used the most current economic forecasts, demand-response commitments and potential new power generation facilities.
Atlantic City Electic, in partnership with PJM Interconnection, will continue to analyze the system on a regular basis and develop construction solutions as necessary to meet all required reliability standards.
Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 548,000 customers in southern New Jersey.