A 64-year-old, 12-inch, cast iron gas main cracked in Paramus last week. Traffic snarled on Rt. 17 while we made emergency repairs…again. That was the third time in two years we’ve had to patch up this section of pipe. Installation of a replacement gas main is underway. Continue reading
As days grow colder, many New Jersey families are relying on natural gas to keep their homes warm and comfortable.
Increasingly, in many parts of the U.S., we’re also turning to inexpensive, abundant natural gas to generate the electricity that powers our homes and businesses.
In New Jersey, we traditionally have relied on a diverse mix of fuel to generate electricity – about half our energy has come from nuclear, with the remaining split between natural gas and coal, and more recently a small but growing amount of solar (currently in the range of 4 percent) . Continue reading
A view of the Salem Unit 1 containment under construction.
By the time David Jansen came to work at the new nuclear power plant being built along the eastern bank of the Delaware River, the massive construction project was the biggest thing he had ever seen.
The containment for Salem Unit 1 was halfway done, and “Salem 2 was a big muddy hole in the ground,” Jansen said.
That was in 1970. At any given time, a visitor might have seen as many as 5,000 workers on Artificial Island – construction workers, engineers, electricians and the many people who supported them. That number also included future nuclear plant operators, like Jansen, who eventually would man the controls of the brand-new nuclear reactor.
“I was in awe of the complete size of the operation,” Jansen said. Continue reading
Natural gas leaks are a persistent challenge for utility companies. Like other utilities, PSE&G monitors its system carefully, and fixes any leaks that pose a safety risk quickly. But other leaks that don’t pose an immediate hazard can linger while companies work their way through upgrading thousands of miles of old infrastructure. When these non-hazardous leaks add up, however, they create an environmental concern. That’s because methane – the main ingredient in natural gas – has more than 84 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year timeframe.
Frigid weather is on the way, and you likely will bundle up to keep your body heat in and the cold out. But, have you thought about if your home is appropriately “dressed” for winter?