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Five years after Sandy, PSE&G completes upgrades to withstand another superstorm

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PSE&G completes upgrades five years after Superstorm Sandy.
PSE&G completes upgrades five years after Superstorm Sandy. - ()

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, Public Service Electric and Gas has completed infrastructure investments that will help protect the state’s power distribution grid withstand another major storm. During and after Superstorm Sandy, 2 million PSE&G customers were left without power – some for days.

The investments were made as part of the PSE&G’s $1.2 billion Energy Strong program, and include raised and reinforced electric substations and switching stations and replaced naural gas mains.

Other improvements include:

  • Raised, eliminated or rebuilt 18 substations or switching stations that flooded during severe weather events. At the end of the program, 26 projects will be in service, including protected and eliminated substations and switching stations;
  • Installed 240 miles of new, sturdy and durable plastic natural gas pipes in flood-prone areas. Approximately 90,000 customers served by those pipes are no longer at risk of losing gas service from floodwaters seeping into these previously leak-prone mains, and
  • Created redundancy and installed technology to reduce the number and duration of outages for 260 critical customers, including hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and police and fire stations. Also benefiting from this work are 412,500 customers and businesses in close proximity to critical customers.

“When the Energy Strong upgrades are complete, 490,000 PSE&G customers previously impacted would not lose power from flooding,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “And customers who did lose power would be restored more quickly.

“Our Energy Strong investments have gone a long way in making our system better able to stand up to severe weather events,” Latka said, "but there is much more to be done. We have aging equipment that needs focused replacement programs, and a need to make the grid smarter, raise more stations in flood prone areas, and protect more customers against weather and gas supply outages. We hope to never see the likes of Sandy again, but we feel confident that our investments will ensure that our customers, employees and systems are better ready to weather severe storms in the future."

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Vince Calio

Vince Calio


Vince Calio covers healthcare and manufacturing for NJBIZ. You can contact him at vcalio@njbiz.com.

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