The threat of climate change is no longer a threat—it’s here and it’s impacting everyone. In New Jersey, we got an early glimpse of what extreme weather could do a decade ago when Superstorm Sandy raged across the East Coast.
For us at PSE&G, Sandy was an inflection point. Our 6,400 employees, along with 4,500 mutual aid workers from 24 states and the Province of Quebec, worked round-the-clock for weeks to restore power to 2 million (90%) of our customers – many leaving their own struggling families and flooded homes.
Damage from Sandy was unprecedented. Storm surges of over 12 feet flooded more than 14 electric switching stations and interrupted one-third of our transmission lines. More than 48,000 trees had to be trimmed or removed and 2,500 of our poles were repaired or replaced.
In the aftermath of Sandy, PSE&G went to work, developing a plan to better protect our customers from future extreme weather events. The plan eventually became known as Energy Strong and the Gas System Modernization Program – a multiyear, multiphase and $4.8 billion initiative to strengthen and modernize electric and gas infrastructure that continues today.
Continuing reading about the investments we are making to achieve our Powering Progress vision of a future where people use less energy, and it’s cleaner, safer and delivered more reliably than ever on Kim Hanemann’s LinkedIn.