DOVER, Del. (AP) — Directors of a regional power grid operator have temporarily pulled the plug on a controversial transmission line project that Delaware and Maryland officials have said would impose unfair cost burdens on their residents.
The PJM Interconnection Board said Friday it was suspending the Artificial Island transmission line project and directing PJM to perform a comprehensive analysis supporting a path forward.
Last year, the board approved construction of a 230-kilovolt line from the Artificial Island nuclear complex in southern New Jersey to Delaware as a way to improve system reliability.
PJM initially estimated project costs at $137 million, but the estimated price tag has since doubled.
Delaware and Maryland officials have argued that their constituents would be saddled with most of the costs for a project that mostly benefits New Jersey.