PSE&G Files Rates For Energy Strong Program
Customer bills expected to remain steady while making necessary improvements
to reduce outages
NEWARK, N.J., March 20, 2013
NEWARK, N.J., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Public Service Electric and Gas
Company (PSE&G) today said the typical residential customer who receives both
electric and gas from the utility is projected to pay about $12 less per year
in 2018 than today if the utility gets approval for every project in its
"Energy Strong" program to upgrade its electric and gas distribution systems.
The bill impact assumes that natural gas costs remain low and PSE&G supply
costs are at current levels.
On Feb. 20, PSE&G proposed investing $3.9 billion during the next 10 years to
proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems in the face of
increasingly severe weather. Energy Strong would create about 5,800 jobs for
electricians, mechanics, laborers, operating engineers and others, and
countless opportunities for New Jersey businesses. The utility has asked for
initial funding approval of $2.6 billion during the first five years. Because
some of the improvements will take more time to implement, the utility may
seek approval to spend an additional $1.3 billion in the latter five years to
complete the program.
"An energy infrastructure that is better able to withstand storms like Sandy
and other natural disasters can help save NJ businesses hundreds of millions
of dollars in lost revenue and protect our families from the impact of
extended power outages," said Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman and CEO. "The good
news is that our customers will get the benefit of a more resilient electric
and gas system while we create thousands of jobs for the state's economy."
In a filing today with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the utility
detailed the proposed impacts on customers if the first part of the $3.9
billion investment is approved.
Residential and business bills to remain stable
A typical PSE&G residential combined electric and gas customer is projected to
see their annual bill drop about $12, or $1 per month in 2018. Bills will
fluctuate slightly between now and then. In 2014, the average customer's bill
will be about 70 cents a month higher than 2013 and about $1.50 a month higher
in 2015. Bills will then begin to drop. In 2016 the average bill will be about
$4.70 a month lower than 2013 and $2.90 a month lower in 2017 compared to
2013. The above bill impacts assume current PSE&G supply costs.
The utility estimates that in 2018, a typical annual residential electric bill
will be approximately 3 percent lower than it was in 2008 and a typical gas
bill will be approximately 33 percent lower -- even with the proposed
additional spending – and still well below the rate of inflation.
Business customers also are projected to see lower overall bills in 2018
compared to current bills. For example, an industrial electric customer using
85 million kilowatt-hours per year, with a usage pattern similar to a class
average primary voltage customer*, is projected to pay approximately $1
million less in 2018 than today even if every project in Energy Strong was
approved by the BPU. This bill also assumes current PSE&G supply costs.
The stability of bills is due to a number of factors. First, the price of
natural gas has dropped nearly 40 percent in the past four years, lowering the
cost of heat and electricity. Second, some charges currently included in
customer bills will expire in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Two of those charges are
related to the deregulation of the New Jersey energy market. The Transitional
Energy Facility Assessment will expire in January 2014 and the Securitization
Transition Charge expires in 2016. A third charge, the Non-Utility Generation
Charge, will approach zero in January 2017.
PSE&G is seeking BPU approval to begin the Energy Strong program on July 1,
with initial rates effective Jan. 1, 2014.
"How many more destructive storms can New Jersey endure before we take action
to create a more resilient utility system?" Izzo said. "We cannot afford to
delay. We look forward to productive discussions with our regulators to
prioritize what needs to be done and when."
PSE&G's "Energy Strong" program would make improvements to its distribution
system to reduce the number and duration of power outages caused by severe
storms. The improvements include:
oprotecting more than 40 utility installations from storm surges,
ostrengthening distribution lines,
omaking the electric grid smarter and thereby easier to restore customers,
omodernizing the gas distribution system.
Energy Strong has support from a diverse group of business, labor and
For more information about Energy Strong, visit www.pseg.com/energystrong.
*A primary voltage customer maintains their own transformer and uses 4,000 or
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Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a
subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG),
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