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PSE&G Working to Become ‘Energy Strong’

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) recently announced that it will begin to take action against severe weather conditions by strengthening its electric and gas systems.  With the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approving the $1.22 billion Energy Strong proposal, customers will begin to see development starting this year.

PSE&G Chairman and CEO Ralph Izzo stated, “Our employees and contractors are ready to begin replacing vulnerable gas pipes, upgrading 29 substations and adding intelligence to our system to speed restoration when there are outages.”

After repairing damages caused by storms like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, PSE&G is making it a point to prevent similar occurrences in the future.  It has stated that it plans to complete the following projects over the next several years:

  • $620 million to protect, raise or relocate 29 switching and substations that were damaged by water in recent storms.
  • $350 million to replace and modernize 250 miles of low-pressure cast iron gas mains in or near flood areas.
  • $100 million to create redundancy in the system, reducing outages when damage occurs.
  • $100 million to deploy smart grid technologies to better monitor system operations to increase our ability to more swiftly deploy repair teams.
  • $50 million to protect five natural gas metering stations and a liquefied natural gas station affected by Sandy or located in flood zones.

Although these improvements will not be completed by this year’s hurricane season, customers should feel a sense of security for the future.  If PSE&G is successful, the number of power outages and damages should decrease significantly.  As for the number of storms, that’s another story.

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