The New York Public Service Commission approved PSEG Power's application to construct and operate a generator lead (dedicated transmission line) capable of delivering 600 megawatts (MW) of electric supply to the West Side of Manhattan from a New Jersey generating station.
The NYPSC's approval of a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need comes after a thorough review of environmental and technical issues and input from the public and affected state and New York City agencies. After considerable review and discussion interested parties submitted a joint proposal to the Commission which was supported by NYPSC staff, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the City of New York, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Hudson River Park Trust. PSEG Power filed the certification application in October 2001. In approving the project the Commission noted its compatibility with existing plans adopted by the City of New York, including the Comprehensive Manhattan Waterfront Plan, the Greenway Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, the Hudson River Park Act, and the Hudson River Park trust Plan.
The generator lead, a 345-kilovolt circuit, would originate at a 600-MW natural gas fired combined cycle generating unit at PSEG Power's Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield, NJ (Bergen County). The circuit will follow an existing railroad right of way and go through the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad Tunnel and enter the Hudson River at Edgewater, NJ. It will make landfall in New York City between piers 95 and 96 through directionally-drilled 30-inch diameter bore holes under the bulkhead in the Clinton Cove area of Hudson River Park, follow an existing bike path prior to crossing 12th Avenue, and interconnect with an existing Consolidated Edison substation at West 49th Street.
Charles McCall, PSEG Power director-business development, said "NYPSC approval represents a major milestone for the Cross Hudson project. We believe Cross Hudson has the potential to deliver much-needed clean, efficient energy to the New York City market and improve the overall reliability of the region's electric system." McCall thanked the state and city agencies involved in working through the issues associated with the project as well as civic groups such as Manhattan Community Board Number 4 for providing valuable input.