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New Jersey Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-NJ)

In New Jersey, transmission siting authority is primarily delegated to local governments. Prior to initiating construction, a transmission developer should contact the appropriate local authority to determine necessary requirements and approvals. If a project crosses more than one municipality, the developer must petition the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for approval prior to initiating construction. Prior to initiating construction, a transmission developer should contact the appropriate local authority to determine necessary requirements and approvals.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

New Jersey Federal

Transmission Siting: Public utilities may need approval from the appropriate local authority and/or state authority. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.
Transmission Siting Agency: New Jersey Public Utilities Commission, locality with jurisdiction
Transmission Siting Threshold: The construction of an electric transmission line through more than one municipality.
Preemptive Authority: The New Jersey Public Utility Commission has primary jurisdiction over transmission siting determinations when the transmission line will cross more than one municipality.
Regulated Entity Definition: A public utility is defined as “every individual, copartnership, association, corporation or joint stock company… own, operate, manage or control any…electric distribution….” N.J. Stat. Ann. § 48:7-2-13.
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: New Jersey does not require other approval from the public utility commission for transmission projects.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined time frame for approval.