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

Apr 25, 2013, 12:54 ET from Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)

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 strikes."

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 started." 

Key provisions of PSE&G's 10-year plan include:

  • $1.7 billion to raise, relocate or protect all switching and substations affected by recent storms as well as those in newly designated flood zones.
  • $1.04 billion to replace and modernize 750 miles of low-pressure cast iron gas mains in or near flood areas. 
  • $454 million to deploy smart grid technologies to better monitor system operations to increase our ability to more swiftly deploy repair teams.
  • $215 million to improve pole distribution systems.
  • $200 million to create redundancy in the system, reducing outages when damage occurs.
  • $140 million to protect nine natural gas metering stations and a liquefied natural gas station affected by Sandy or located in flood zones
  • $60 million to move 20 miles of overhead electric distribution lines underground.

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 to www.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 McHale

•    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 Arnowitz

•    Borough of Little Ferry        

Contact: Mayor Mauro D. Raguseo

•    Borough of New Milford           

Contact: Mayor Ann Subrizi

    Township of River Vale          

Contact: Mayor Joseph Blundo

•    Borough of Tenafly                      

Contact: Mayor Peter Rustin

Essex County:

•     Township of Belleville        

Contact: Mayor Raymond Kimble

•     Township of Bloomfield        

Contact: Mayor Raymond McCarthy

•     Borough of Caldwell              

Contact: Mayor Ann Dassing

•     Borough of Glen Ridge              

Contact: Mayor Peter Hughes

•     Township of Irvington        

Contact: Mayor Wayne Smith

•     Borough of Roseland            

Contact: Mayor John Duthie

•     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 Zimmer

•     Town of Kearny                

Contact: Mayor Alberto Santos

     Town of Secaucus         

Contact: Mayor Michael Gonnelli

Middlesex County:

•     Township of Woodbridge       

Contact: Mayor John McCormac

Passaic County:

•     City of Clifton                         

Contact: Mayor James Anzaldi

•     Borough of Haledon                

Contact: Mayor Domenick Stampone

•     City of Paterson                                    

Contact: Mayor Jeffrey Jones

Somerset County:

•     Borough of Manville              

Contact: Mayor Angelo Corradino

Union County:

•     Township of Clark                  

Contact: Mayor Sal Bonaccorso

•     Township of Cranford             

Contact: Mayor Thomas Hannen

•     Borough of Fanwood                  

Contact: Mayor Colleen Mahr

•     Borough of Garwood               

Contact: Mayor Patricia Quattroccchi

•     City of Linden                       

Contact: Mayor Richard Gerbounka

•     Borough of Roselle                  

Contact: Mayor Jamel Holley

•     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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