The New Jersey Alliance for Action hosted its annual Investing in South Jersey Forum on Friday, with PSE&G Vice President of Gas Operations Joseph Forline outlining the utility’s investment of $2.9 billion in system upgrades.
One initiative Forline detailed involved flood mitigation efforts at a Ewing substation, which was rebuilt last September. He showed a picture with flooding around the former substation and a more recent picture of the new substation without flooding.
“PSE&G is looking forward to continuing to invest in NJ energy infrastructure, including electric transmission, gas system modernization, and Energy Strong,” he said.
The forum featured speakers from Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and chief executives from three major wind energy companies.
Gov. Phil Murphy has vowed to start an Energy Master Plan that would set New Jersey on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and invest in clean energy to create thousands of high-paying jobs. Within weeks of taking office, Murphy signed an executive order in January to put New Jersey back in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cooperative market-based program among several states to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
A proposed wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City will be heard by the state after Murphy signed a measure May 30 to require plans to be reconsidered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The BPU will be required to hear proposals for the Fishermen’s Energy Offshore Wind Project, which is slated to produce 24 megawatts of electricity.