June 13, 2022 – Public Service Electric and Gas, New Jersey’s largest utility, is well prepared to support customers and the state for what experts say could be another very active hurricane season. Ten years after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast, PSE&G reports that the company continues to protect its customers’ utilities from the adverse effects of extreme weather by strengthening and modernizing its infrastructure. This work has enabled PSE&G customers to experience fewer outages and the utility to achieve strong reliability performance for 2021, one of the best in the past 10 years.*
The $4.8 billion investment in infrastructure strengthening and modernization programs, parts of which are still ongoing, covers the PSE&G Energy Strong I and II programs and the gas system modernization program I and II and includes raising, rebuilding, removing and upgrading equipment at 26 stations, many of which were damaged by flooding during Sandy. PSE&G also installed smart grid technologies, replaced nearly 2,000 miles of aging gas lines, and added digital and other technologies to make the grid smarter and more agile.
PSE&G has received PA Consulting’s Mid-Atlantic ReliabilityOne award for 20 consecutive years, further proof that its efforts to strengthen our electrical system are benefiting customers.
PSE&G notes that the benefit to customers was evident last year when Tropical Storm Ida caused historic flooding across much of the utility’s service territory. Tropical Storm Ida and its remnants would cause more than $75 billion in damage nationwide, surpassing the damage caused by Super Hurricane Sandy in 2012. PSE&G reports that its infrastructure is strong. A total of 215,000 customers lost power, compared to more than 2 million who suffered long outages during Sandy. By replacing and upgrading low-pressure cast iron gas lines in or near flood-prone areas, the company has protected 90,000 customers from the risk of loss of gas service due to flooding.
“During Super Hurricane Sandy, I was one of the South Hoboken Commanders for the Hoboken Police Department. The western half of the city was under at least 6 feet of water, including the PSE Substation & G Marshall Street and our entire city was without power for a week, creating dangerous situations for every resident and every first responder,” said Kenneth Ferrante, Director of Public Safety for the City of Hoboken. , as OEM Coordinator, Chief of Police and now Director of Public Safety for Hoboken, I have witnessed PSE&G’s critical commitment to improving infrastructure. city to relocate and elevate our main substation out of the flood zone or to incorporate improved cables and stronger poles, PSE&G has been an invaluable partner in making our community safer and more resilient. PSE&G’s commitment to working with our municipal government has brought Hoboken to a place where there has not been a single power outage during Ida or Hurricane Henri. When major storms have little negative impact, residents stay safe and return to normal routines much sooner.
PSE&G upgraded the lines and installed more redundant circuitry so that if part of a line is damaged, the company can prevent an outage by using another electrical route. These improvements and upgrades help restore power faster, especially for critical installations. In areas served by new infrastructure, downtime for critical facilities like hospitals, water treatment plants and other critical health and safety service providers has been significantly reduced.
Colorado State University meteorologists predict there will be 20 named storms this year – including four major hurricanes, well above average activity. Last year there were 21 named storms, making it the sixth consecutive year of above-average hurricane activity.
*As measured by the average number of customers who experienced outages longer than five minutes in 2021 – a key reliability metric in the electric utility industry.
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