Rod Walton, Power Engineering
NJ Transit is holding a public hearing tonight about its proposed gas-fired power plant and microgrid.
The New Jersey state agency wants to build a 102 to 140 MW gas-fired power generating station near Kearny. The unit would energize the proposed NJ TRANSITGRID project, which NJ Transit called the “first of its kind.”
NJ TRANSITGRID would include transmission lines supplying a traction power substation that electrifies the tracks and operation controls on portions of the NJ Transit and Amtrak train system.
The proposed facility will operate 24/7 and be sized to handle limited operations on the Northeast Corridor between New York’s Penn Station and NJ Transit’s Jersey Avenue Station in New Brunswick; the Morris & Essex line between Hoboken Terminal and Maplewood Station; and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) Transit System. The project will also provide power to the signal system on a portion of the Main Line, according to the agency.