It’s interesting to note that every time there is a big storm that knocks out power, people immediately assault power companies for failing to spend oodles of money upgrading their infrastructure. Like just last year in New Jersey. This past July saw people and government freaking out on PepCo, a Maryland power company, along with a few others, blaming them for the power outages, for having done nothing to upgrade the system, even threatening fines. Remember how much people freaked out after the giant Northeast power outage in 2003 and how there where calls to upgrade the infrastructure? But, what happens when a power company tries to actually Do Something?
(NJ.com) The New Jersey Sierra Club says PSEG is “taking a risky bet” by moving ahead with construction work related to its massive power-line upgrade in northern New Jersey, as it’s still awaiting certain federal approvals for the project.
The Sierra Club has long objected to the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line project, which would install a 500,000 volt transmission line from the Berwick area in Pennsylvania to PSE&G’s substation in Roseland, running through 16 New Jersey communities.
“PSEG is taking a risky bet because if they do not get federal or DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) approvals or our court challenge of the BPU (Board of Public Utilities) approval is successful, they will have wasted taxpayer money,” the Sierra Club wrote in a statement sent to media after initial construction work started.
Regional grid operator PJM Interconnection has argued the project is necessary to ensure reliable service. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups opposing the project have argued it will ruin views at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, cut through public lands and keep coal-fired plants open by enabling them to sell power to East Coast customers.
So, they have a problem with ruing the view? What do you think happens when the landscape is blotted with solar panels and wind turbines? And then there’s the coal fired plant issue: enviroweenies/Warmists are really unhappy that other people should be able to get reliable, cheap power. PSEG should disconnect the headquarters of the Sierra Club and it’s employees from the power grid and tell them to install solar panels and wind turbines, see how quick these people whine about not having usable power.