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:
“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."