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Transmission lines are high voltage utility wires that carry 138,000, 230,000 or 500,000 volts of electricity. They are strung over long distances and are designed to transmit large amounts of energy over vast areas. Transmission lines are typically constructed on metal towers. These towers are located within the Rights-of-Way on PSE&G easements and company-owned land.
- Transmission Contact Information
- Right of Way
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Transmission Contact Information
The Transmission network is overseen by the Transmission Supervisor of Vegetation Management. Select the map for contact information.
Right of Way
Trees located along PSE&G’s Right of Way and in proximity to electrical lines are a danger to the reliability of the electrical grid, the lives of our employees, and the safety of the general public.
A tree in close proximity to a transmission line has the potential to short-out the line, which will cause a hazardous electrical current to traverse through the ground and into underground wires and cables. This can initiate a serious situation that could inflict significant property damage and create a variety of safety concerns.
An outage on a transmission line could impact hundreds of thousands of customers. PSE&G actively maintains the area around transmission lines.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) has made vegetation maintenance a major priority since the blackout of August 14, 2003. Recent tree maintenance regulations require that an integrated vegetation management approach be utilized on the border zone. This would allow for, in most cases, low-growing compatible species to remain in this area.
The regulations also require that only vegetation under 3 feet in height that is located underneath a transmission wire (also known as the wire zone) is permitted to remain.
Points to remember:
- No buildings, swimming pools, decks, sheds, barns, garages, fences, or any other structures can be located within the Right of Way.
- No lighting fixtures are permitted to be placed under the Right of Way.
- Septic systems and wells cannot be located within the Right of Way.
- No materials of any kind are allowed to be hung or affixed to the Transmission Right of Way Towers or any other Right of Way structures.
- All roads or paths permitting access to transmission Right of Way structures must be clear and unobstructed.
- Excavations near Transmission Structures are not permitted without proper approval from PSE&G.
- Activities such as kite flying and model airplane flying are prohibited on or near the Right of Way.