As Newark continues to grow and businesses migrate to the area, the requirements for more advanced technology and "always-on" power capabilities have increased. Today, PSE&G has the capacity to support the initial and ultimate build-out of the potential Amazon HQ in Newark. The city is powered by an underground network, which largely negates the impact from external influences such as vehicular traffic and weather. In addition, PSE&G is upgrading and bringing new capacity to every switching station that serves the city.
PSE&G's recent completion of a redundant switching station, provides an alternate supply for the 26-kV networks in downtown Newark. Constructed in 2016, the McCarter Switching Station uses the latest smart grid technology. The station contains network monitoring systems which use high-speed fiber communications allowing engineers to analyze real-time network data in the operations center and take immediate action to prevent interruptions. Also present in the 26-kV underground network are SCADA sensors and microprocessor-based relay protection upgrades.
Depending on the selected location, the Amazon facility would likely be supplied by the McCarter station, with the Newark Switching Station acting as a back-up supply. Newark Switch is being rebuilt with an anticipated completion date of 2021. Together, these two facilities offer reliability on par with a major metropolitan center such as New York City.
The certainty this type of reliability provides to businesses is part of the reason corporations are choosing to locate in Newark, as evidenced by the new headquarters.
- PSE&G recently completed construction of a redundant switching station, providing an alternate supply for the 26-kV networks in downtown Newark.
- Newark Switch is being entirely rebuilt with an anticipated completion date of 2021. Together, these two facilities offer reliability that is on par with a major metropolitan center such as New York City.