Shoring up for extreme weather and climate change 10 years after Superstorm Sandy

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.

Kim Hanemann, PSE&G President and Chief Operating Officer


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  • In January 2023 PSEG installed new electrical pole near our driveway. The job was done in a short time, everybody in the team was very professional, and everybody knew what he has to do, when he has to do it and how he has to perform the work. We are ready to compare them with musical quartet, where the coordinated play of all musicians creates a brilliantly performed piece of music. Thank you. Now we have 2 poles on our driveway. One is for electrical wires and the other is for legacy telephone wiring and internet providers. The greater number of wires on the old pole is of value to the historians studying the development of telephone communication in Fair Lawn. It is important and we respect it. We are concerned that the cables that provided support to the old pole have been moved to the new pole. Thus, a historically important object (old pole) can suddenly collapse and stop the connection of the Fair Lawn with the Internet. We hope that if this happens, then we will have time to remove our cars from the driveway. In conclusion, we want to once again express our admiration for the work carried out by the PSEG team, as well as the foresight of the company’s management, which apparently assumed the possibility of a pole falling.

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