Making New Jersey Energy Strong
Building on the success of the Energy Strong program, we are investing an additional $842 million through 2023 to further strengthen our statewide electric and gas systems to better withstand storms, improve reliability and significantly enhance resiliency.
Ensuring our electric and gas systems are resilient and reliable is our top priority, and Energy Strong II will continue our post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure work to ensure we are ready for the next big storm. Since 2010, PSE&G has experienced the five most disruptive storms in our operating history, including 2020’s Tropical Storm Isaias that caused more than 800,000 outages and ranks third. And because recent hurricane seasons have been the most active on record, investing in our infrastructure is more critical than ever.
During Subtropical Storm Alberto in May 2018, our Energy Strong investments paid dividends when floodwaters covered the site of our Ewing Township substation, but didn’t reach new, raised equipment. Thanks to this Energy Strong work, no customer served by this substation lost power due to flooded equipment.
Energy Strong II will harden the electric infrastructure from the effects of major weather events, improve resiliency, allow for faster restoration of outages and ensure safe and reliable service by replacing facilities when they reach the end of their service lives. Hardening work includes rebuilding or eliminating 16 stations in flood zones, building or modernizing six gas metering stations and upgrading the construction standard on some distribution circuits. Resiliency work includes technology investments that will improve field communications, make the system smarter and more efficient, and allow the grid to handle more solar and other distributed green energy sources.