Two of New Jersey’s largest utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas and Jersey Central Power & Light, unveiled sweeping plans for extensive upgrades to their systems this week. The improvements are designed to protect the utilities from the effects of torrential storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, which caused such widespread damage millions suffered outages.
Sandy’s roaring winds toppled thousands of trees and ripped utility wires from poles, while the storm’s heavy rains flooded electric substations and switching stations, resulting in more than 2 million customers losing power across the state.
The PSE&G proposal, which was submitted to the state Board of Public Utilities, calls for a $3.9 billion upgrade to be completed over 10 years. The work is expected to create nearly 6,000 construction jobs. JCP&L expects to spend $200 million over the next year to expand and fortify its infrastructure.