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Questions for JCP&L as a result of June 10, 2014 Montville Township Committee Meeting

Answers provided by JCP&L on June 30, 2014

  1. What is the capacity of existing lines in existing easements without going through alternate routes?

    The need for the Montville-Whippany Project (“Project”) is not due to capacity.  Instead the Project is a PJM Interconnection, LLC (“PJM”) baseline Regional Transmission Expansion Planning (“RTEP”) project that is needed to resolve concern over a simultaneous loss of the existing two Montville-Whippany 230 kV lines, which could cause a significant number of customer outages due to voltage collapse.  Accordingly, the Project will provide additional reinforcement and redundancy to JCP&L’s transmission system, thereby enhancing service quality and reliability.

  2. Why is there a need to increase the capacity of the transmission line by a factor of 7?

    Please refer to the Company’s response provided to Question No. 1.

  3. Why doesn’t JCP&L solicit input from residents prior to the selection of a route and the filing of a formal petition with the BPU?

    JCP&L has solicited input from residents prior to the selection of the route and submitting a formal petition and testimony with the Board of Public Utilities.  Specifically, in regard to the Montville-Whippany 230 kV project, the Company held public meetings on November 13 and 14, 2013 for just that purpose.  The Company placed advertisements in the local newspapers advising residents and local elected public officials of the public meetings. The Company has also been receiving comments from the public regarding the Montville-Whippany Project.   Based on the discussions and comments received from the public, the Company is continuing to evaluate the preferred route for the Project.

  4. What kind of health effects will project have on residents?

    JCP&L will have an expert witness address the issue of health effects in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  5. What will the new transmission lines and poles look like? 

    The transmission line will be constructed and operated at 230,000 volts, which is also referred to as 230 kV.  The transmission line will be built on steel monopoles.  The monopoles are expected to be approximately 80 to 100 feet tall The Company will provide details of the design and engineering of the Project in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  6. What kind of effect will the project have on homes values in Montville Township?  

    Once the preferred route is finalized, the Company will have an expert witness who will address the issue of home values in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  7. What conclusive evidence is available that there will be no damage from EMF’s?

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4.

  8. Where does funding for the project come from?

    JCP&L will fund the cost of this project from its revenues and sources of capital.   Because this is a high-voltage transmission project, the costs of the project will eventually be included in JCP&L’s transmission rates, which are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

  9. We hear humming from wires from the existing PSE&G project.  Humming occurs all the time but is very prevalent during wet weather.  What guarantee do we have that we won’t hear additional humming as a result of the new project?

    JCP&L will have an expert witness address the issue of audible noise in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  10. Why can’t the wires be placed underground? 

    JCP&L will have an expert witness that will address the issue of undergrounding in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  11. Will the Township be required to indemnify JCP&L from any negative consequences including health issues?

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4 regarding health effects. Moreover, the Company is currently unaware of this Project having any “negative consequences.” Instead this Project will enhance service quality and reliability as explained in response to Question No. 1.

  12. What are the health risks to people in the Montville Senior House, the Police Department and in businesses on River Road? 

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4.

  13. How will real estate on River Road be impacted? 

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 6.

  14. Does JCP&L have any health reports which show the project is safe? 

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4.

  15. What is JCP&L’s policy on the environment and the earth, and what is the overall plan for ensuring an environmentally clean and safe community?

    Prior to the construction and operation of the Project, JCP&L will secure all required environmental permits and approvals.

  16. Concerning the ballfields behind Lazar School, if the area is safe and there are no negative effects from EMF’s, what aren’t the ballfields being used? 

    The Company is currently not aware of any safety issues and any reasons why the fields behind Lazar School are not being currently used.

  17. Lazar School students are required to cross Changebridge Road to use those ballfields.  Will students and teachers be imposed upon again with new project?

    The Company is currently not aware of any reasons why this Project will impose upon teachers and students.

  18. What kinds of wires will be used in the project?  What size? What power?  What gauge? 

    The transmission line will be constructed and operated at 230,000 volts, which is also referred to as 230 kV.  The proposed wire size is 1590 kcmil Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced.

  19. What are the capacity limits for the existing poles? Why can’t the current poles and lines be used?  Why, at this point in time, is JCP&L deviating from the recommended route? 

    Please refer to the Company’s responses to Question 1 and 2.  With regard to the preferred route, the Company has not selected a final route for the project. At this time, the Company is continuing to evaluate all of the proposed routes and alternative segments.

  20. Can towns join together to stop this project?

    All the municipalities that this Project will pass through will receive a copy of the petition and testimony that is filed with the BPU.  JCP&L cannot provide legal advice to municipalities.

  21. Will the new project require the Lazar School to close and another middle school be built?  At what cost? 

    The Company is not aware of any reasons why the Montville-Whippany Project would require the Lazar School to close.

  22. Is there a possibility the new JCP&L lines can conflict with the PSE&G lines?  Does there need to be a certain distance between both lines?

    JCP&L will construct the Montville-Whippany Project to meet or exceed the requirements of the National Electric Safety Code.

  23. If transmission lines are placed closer to Lazar School than PSE&G lines, what reparation to the Board of Education would be made?

    The Company has not selected a final route for the project. At this time, the Company is continuing to evaluate all of the proposed routes and alternative segments.  However, the Company plans to use its existing rights-of-way to the greatest extent possible to build the Project. If any additional easements or rights-of-way are needed from the Lazar School, real estate personnel will be in contact with the school to discuss.

  24. Are there situations in other towns where transmission lines are in close proximity to a school?

    In 1994, JCP&L participated in a survey of transmission lines at the request of the N.J. Board of Public Utilities.  At that time, JCP&L had fifteen transmission lines at voltages of 69 kV or higher that were located within 100 feet of public or private schools with students in grades K through 12.   Due to the passage of time since this survey was completed, it is possible that some of the schools may have closed or been relocated; it is also possible that new schools have been constructed that are within 100 feet of a 69 kV or higher transmission line.

  25. Can the Township build its own substation, tap into the existing line, and supply its own voltage?

    JCP&L cannot provide legal advice to Montville Township.

  26. How about a Whippany to Roseland route?  What is the possibility for this route and would it be more beneficial? 

    No, a “Whippany to Roseland” route would not be beneficial.  The appropriate source for the power is the existing Whippany Substation. The power needs to be brought into Montville. Therefore, the best and most direct route for the Project is from Whippany to Montville.

  27. What EMF readings has JCP&L already taken?

     Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4.

  28. Would JCP&L pledge that EMF readings will be the same or lower after the project is complete?

    Please refer to the Company’s response to Question No. 4.

  29. Will JCP&L provide funds to pay an independent company to do EMF readings?

    The Company will be retaining an expert witness to address electric and magnetic fields in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  30. Montville Township has spent millions of dollars to preserve open space.  Open space provides a nesting habitat for the bald eagle.  The alternate route will cut through these open space lands.  Will JCP&L consider this situation when proposing its route? 

    Prior to the construction and operation of the Project, JCP&L will secure all required environmental permits and approvals.

  31. In reviewing all proposed routes, are there alternatives to the alternatives to address safety, home values, etc.?

    JCP&L will have expert witnesses who will address the issues of routing, safety and home values in its petition and testimony that will be filed with the BPU.

  32. Who dictates the size of the lines?  JCP&L or PJM? 

    For this Project, both JCP&L and PJM assess the need for the project and work together to address a resolution.

  33. Can JCP&L assign or transfer rights to a public service?

    JCP&L has a statutory obligation to provide safe, adequate and reliable service in its service territory.  The Montville-Whippany Project is located within JCP&L’s service territory and will allow JCP&L to continue to meet is statutory obligations.

  34. Can JCP&L provide Montville Township with an opportunity to learn about the selected route before JCP&L files a formal petition for the project with the BPU?

    JCP&L will continue to work with and provide information to Montville Township.

  35. How will residents affected by the proposed route be notified? 

    Property owners within approximately 200’ feet of the Preferred Route of the Project will be mailed letters informing them that a BPU Petition has been filed.  In addition, if easements are required, real estate personnel will be making contact with the individual property owners.

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