Project Compass

A new electric transmission line for the region

PPL Electric Utilities is planning a 95-mile transmission line from PPL’s Lackawanna Substation in Blakely, Pa., to Con Edison’s Ramapo Substation in Ramapo, N.Y.

The line would provide an important addition to the nation’s transmission infrastructure and would have significant benefits for consumers.

The cost of this 345-kilovolt line is currently estimated at $500 million to $600 million. The project is in the planning stages, and has a targeted in-service date of 2023.

PPL companies have nearly 100 years of experience in planning, designing, building and operating electric transmission lines. We have a long track record of successfully siting and obtaining approval for these projects.

Project Compass

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What is the exact route of this transmission line?

The exact route has not yet been determined. PPL Electric Utilities will consider public input and work carefully with all appropriate regulators and environmental permitting agencies to find the best route.

What are the benefits of this project?

  • Grid reliability and resilience – the project will further strengthen the reliability and resilience of the power grid, which will mean better service for electricity customers in Pennsylvania and New York.
  • Economic benefits – Construction of the line will create jobs and generate additional tax revenues in both Pennsylvania and New York.
  • Renewable energy – This line will enable development of additional renewable energy resources.
  • Grid security – The more pathways for power on the grid, the less the region has to rely on any single substation or power line for its electricity supply. This increases the security of the grid. This also enhances reliability during periods of high demand, and at times when other lines on the grid may be damaged or out of service for maintenance.

What approvals will be required?

The line will require approval from various regulatory and regional planning entities, likely including the public utility commissions of Pennsylvania and New York, New York Independent System Operator, PJM Interconnection, and FERC. Siting and construction of the line will require permits from regulators as well as appropriate environmental and resource agencies.

About PPL

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. With 2,000 employees, the company is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).