33 Local Governments Urge Swift Approval Of PSE&G's Energy Strong Proposal

  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

PR Newswire

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.

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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
    damage occurs.
  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):

Bergen County
• 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
                                                          Joseph Delaney
• City of Hackensack                     Contact: Mayor
                                                          Michael R. Melfi
• Borough of Hillsdale                 Contact: Mayor Max
• Borough of Little Ferry                      Contact: Mayor Mauro
                                                          D. Raguseo
• Borough of New Milford                    Contact: Mayor Ann
• Township of River Vale                     Contact: Mayor
                                                          Joseph Blundo
• Borough of Tenafly             Contact: Mayor Peter
Essex County:
• Township of Belleville                      Contact: Mayor
                                                          Raymond Kimble
• Township of Bloomfield                      Contact: Mayor
                                                          Raymond McCarthy
• 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.
Hudson County:
• County of Hudson                       Contact: Freeholder
                                                          Chair Anthony Romano
• City of Hoboken                     Contact: Mayor Dawn
• Town of Kearny                      Contact: Mayor
                                                          Alberto Santos
•Town of Secaucus                           Contact: Mayor
                                                          Michael Gonnelli
Middlesex County:
• Township of Woodbridge                       Contact: Mayor John
Passaic County:
• City of Clifton            Contact: Mayor James
• Borough of Haledon                  Contact: Mayor
                                                          Domenick Stampone
• City of                                             Contact: Mayor
Paterson              Jeffrey Jones
Somerset County:
• Borough of Manville                   Contact: Mayor
                                                          Angelo Corradino
Union County:
• Township of Clark                 Contact: Mayor Sal
• Township of Cranford                   Contact: Mayor
                                                          Thomas Hannen
• Borough of Fanwood                Contact: Mayor
                                                          Colleen Mahr
                                                          Contact: Mayor
• Borough of Garwood                   Patricia
• City of Linden               Contact: Mayor
                                                          Richard Gerbounka
• Borough of Roselle                Contact: Mayor Jamel
• Borough of Roselle Park         Contact: Mayor
                                                          Joseph Accardi

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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