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New Jersey Transmission Siting (8-NJ-a)

Information current as of 2020
In New Jersey, a developer may need approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities before constructing a transmission facility if the project crosses one or more municipalities or if the developer is unable to obtain local approvals. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 48:7-1.

Transmission Siting Process

8-NJ-a.1 to 8-NJ-a.2 – Does the Project Cross More Than One Municipality?

If a project crosses multiple municipalities, then the project is exempt from municipal land use requirements and the developer must seek approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) prior to constructing a transmission facility. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.

If the project does not cross multiple municipalities, then the applicable local government regulates the transmission siting. The developer should contact review the local land use plans and contact the local government with jurisdiction of the transmission siting for about the approval process. For more information on New Jersey land use planning, see: Land Use Planning:

8-NJ-a.3– Petition for Proposed Construction

If a project crosses more than one municipality, the developer must file a Petition regarding the proposed construction of transmission lines with the New Jersey BPU. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.

8-NJ-a.4 to 8-NJ-a.5 – Review Petition Materials for Completeness

The New Jersey BPU reviews Petition materials for technical and administrative completeness. If the Petition is incomplete, the applicant (developer) should provide any additional information requested and resubmit the Petition to BPU.

8-NJ-a.6 – Give Notice of the Hearing to All Impacted Municipalities

Before holding a hearing on the Petition regarding the construction of the proposed transmission line, the BPU must give notice of the hearing to all impacted municipalities. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.

8-NJ-a.7 to 8-NJ-a.9 – Hold Hearing on the Petition

Upon receipt of the Petition, the BPU sets a date for, and initiates a hearing to consider the Petition. The BPU may only approve a Petition if the BPU determines that the development “is reasonably necessary for the service, convenience or welfare of the public.”. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.

8-NJ-a.10 – Appeal Decision (If Applicable)

Any person aggrieved by a municipal agency or BPU decision may appeal the decision to New Jersey superior court. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 40:55D-19.

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