“We’re pleased that we can move ahead and start building the resiliency into our systems needed to withstand the kind of severe weather that has devastated our state in recent years. Energy Strong will allow us to begin to make meaningful upgrades, including upgrading substations that were flooded in Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.” -- Ralph Izzo, PSEG Chairman & CEO
New Jersey’s gas and electric infrastructure is on its way to becoming stronger and more resilient thanks to approval of PSE&G’s Energy Strong Program. This $1.22 billion program will allow the utility to proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems against severe weather damage like the state experienced during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
As part of the Energy Strong program, PSE&G will make the following investments during the next few 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.
As part of the Energy Strong Program, PSE&G will be making important upgrades to 29 of our electric stations that serve Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties. These stations were heavily damaged by water during Hurricane Irene or Superstorm Sandy and will be raised, protected or relocated so that they can better withstand severe weather events.
PSE&G will work prominently within our electric station fence lines to complete these upgrades. Once the upgrades are complete, critical equipment within the station will be raised and elevated above Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards. This will enhance the reliability of PSE&G’s electric service for customers around the state and will provide greater system redundancy.