- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A planning executive with PJM Interconnection says the Pennsylvania company is concerned about the “magnitude of the cost increase” of a power line project at the Artificial Island nuclear complex.

Steve Herling said Tuesday in a statement that PJM is exploring “alternatives or options that will reduce the overall project cost.”

The power line connects Artificial Island to Delaware, and is expected to improve reliability and increase the plant’s power output.

PJM initially estimated the transmission line would cost $137 million. Last month, the cost nearly doubled to $272 million.

Delaware Public Advocate David Bonar says Delaware’s ratepayers will be paying 99 percent of the cost for New Jersey’s ratepayers. Bonar and other state officials are outraged over the project’s cost increases and proposed tax increases.

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