33 Local Governments Urge Swift Approval Of PSE&G's Energy Strong Proposal
NJ Towns Impacted by Sandy and Irene Back PSE&G Plan to Make NJ's Energy
System More Resilient to Severe Weather
NEWARK, N.J., April 25, 2013
NEWARK, N.J., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Thirty-two municipalities and
Hudson County have approved resolutions supporting "Energy Strong" – PSE&G's
proposal to fortify its electric and gas distribution systems to better
withstand powerful storms and natural disasters.
Leaders from towns in seven counties said infrastructure upgrades are
necessary to reduce the threat of extended service interruptions like those
that resulted from Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.PSE&G's "Energy
Strong" proposal would invest $3.9 billion in the utility's distribution
system over 10 years to reduce the number and duration of power outages caused
by severe weather.
"We are pleased that so many communities have expressed support for our plan
to make New Jersey Energy Strong," said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and
chief operating officer. "These municipal leaders know all too well the impact
of extended power outages and share our belief that action is needed now to
protect utility systems from natural disasters."
"This year we will spend about $1.8 billion in electric and gas reliability
upgrades," LaRossa said. "These investments have helped PSE&G earn its
reputation as one of the nation's most reliable electric utilities. But the
extremes in weather we've experienced the past two years require new,
extraordinary measures to reinforce our systems before the next Sandy
PSE&G's proposal includes: protecting more than 40 utility installations that
were impacted by storm surges, adding backup distribution lines, making the
electric grid smarter to help identify problems and facilitate service
restoration, strategically burying some wires underground and modernizing the
gas distribution system.
"When Sandy's storm surge inundated electric switching stations, it plunged
Woodbridge into darkness," said Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac."That was a
real hardship on our community and affected many others. For example, the
nearby gasoline refinery lost power. It makes sense to raise the substation
that flooded -- the sooner, the better."
New Milford Mayor Ann Subrizi said the suffering that Irene and Sandy brought
to her town made it clear that action must be taken.
"We are pleased that PSE&G wants to safeguard the installations impacted by
Irene as well as Sandy," Subrizi said. "Residents lost power, contents of
refrigerators and contact with loved ones. Businesses had to shut down for
days on end – losing business they can't make back. Protecting the New Milford
substation against future flooding makes sense and we urge the BPU to move
forward in a thoughtful but speedy fashion so this vital work can get
Key provisions of PSE&G's 10-year plan include:
o$1.7 billion to raise, relocate or protect all switching and substations
affected by recent storms as well as those in newly designated flood
o$1.04 billion to replace and modernize 750 miles of low-pressure cast iron
gas mains in or near flood areas.
o$454 million to deploy smart grid technologies to better monitor system
operations to increase our ability to more swiftly deploy repair teams.
o$215 million to improve pole distribution systems.
o$200 million to create redundancy in the system, reducing outages when
o$140 million to protect nine natural gas metering stations and a liquefied
natural gas station affected by Sandy or located in flood zones
o$60 million to move 20 miles of overhead electric distribution lines
The Energy Strong proposal is currently being evaluated by the New Jersey
Board of Public Utilities. To learn more about PSEG's Energy strong proposal
or to sign up as a supporter, go towww.NJEnergyStrong.com.
Local governments that have passed a resolution or written a letter in support
of PSE&G's Energy Strong infrastructure investment program (list does not
include individual elected officials who have expressed support):
• Borough of Bogota Contact: Mayor Pat
• Borough of Cliffside Park Contact: Mayor
Gerald A. Calabrese
• Borough of Elmwood Park Contact: Mayor
Richard A. Mola
• City of Garfield Contact: Mayor
• City of Hackensack Contact: Mayor
Michael R. Melfi
• Borough of Hillsdale Contact: Mayor Max
• Borough of Little Ferry Contact: Mayor Mauro
• Borough of New Milford Contact: Mayor Ann
• Township of River Vale Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Tenafly Contact: Mayor Peter
• Township of Belleville Contact: Mayor
• Township of Bloomfield Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Caldwell Contact: Mayor Ann
• Borough of Glen Ridge Contact: Mayor Peter
• Township of Irvington Contact: Mayor Wayne
• Borough of Roseland Contact: Mayor John
• Township of West Caldwell Contact: Mayor
Joseph Tempesta Jr.
• County of Hudson Contact: Freeholder
Chair Anthony Romano
• City of Hoboken Contact: Mayor Dawn
• Town of Kearny Contact: Mayor
•Town of Secaucus Contact: Mayor
• Township of Woodbridge Contact: Mayor John
• City of Clifton Contact: Mayor James
• Borough of Haledon Contact: Mayor
• City of Contact: Mayor
Paterson Jeffrey Jones
• Borough of Manville Contact: Mayor
• Township of Clark Contact: Mayor Sal
• Township of Cranford Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Fanwood Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Garwood Patricia
• City of Linden Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Roselle Contact: Mayor Jamel
• Borough of Roselle Park Contact: Mayor
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),
a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
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