On a recent overcast weekend, PSEG employees and their families came together for a unique experience. They learned how to stay safe around electricity and gas – and had some fun in the process. The first-ever “Family Preparedness Day” was sponsored by one of our newest employee business resource groups, SERT (Supporting Emergency Responders Together).
“To develop the state of New Jersey and make it a better place to live.”
When Thomas N. McCarter uttered those words after taking the helm of the Public Service Corp. in 1903, he was thinking about how to meet New Jerseyans’ growing need for more modern and efficient sources of heat, light and (at that time) transportation.
Since Superstorm Sandy left millions of New Jerseyans without power five years ago, PSE&G has completed strategic infrastructure investments that, in the event of another Sandy-like storm, will keep critical equipment out of floodwaters’ way and the lights on for many. Continue reading
To many, summer is synonymous with beaches and backyard barbeques. To me, and the people at PSE&G who power your homes and businesses, the season also means hot weather and storms that can stress and damage our equipment. Fortunately, because of investments we’re making in our system, we’re more ready than ever to withstand severe weather. Continue reading
You may have seen dramatic TV coverage of manhole covers popping off in the street and hurdling through the air. While rare in our service area, manhole covers sometimes become dislodged. The root cause varies; however, these incidents all have two ingredients: combustible fumes and an ignition source.
Four years ago this past weekend, Superstorm Sandy barreled into New Jersey, taking an enormous toll on families, homes and businesses. The most devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy were, as we all saw on television, down the Shore: the surreal pictures of homes under water or tilted off their foundations, the roller coaster in the surf.
This recent heat wave put our utility systems to the test. I’m proud to say, our system performed very well, no brownouts, no voltage reductions – measures a utility must take when demand for electricity exceeds supply. Here’s why:
“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”
Iconic singer Joni Mitchell didn’t have electricity in mind when she penned those words in her 1970s hit song “Big Yellow Taxi.” But she could have. Like the air we breathe and the water we drink, electricity is one of life’s essentials that we often take for granted in this country – until it’s gone.
It’s hard to forget where I was or what I was doing on October 29, 2012. I was in PSE&G’s underground emergency response center in Newark, my eyes glued to the television monitors as a storm named Sandy swept up the coast. Along with my colleagues, I remember watching in disbelief the news coverage of the water in New York Harbor and at the Battery rising up and up throughout the day. We knew the storm was going to be bad – really bad. But the level of this wall of water, and the destruction it could cause, was shocking. Continue reading
There is a reason PSE&G’s territory cuts a swath across the most densely populated and developed cities in New Jersey. From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, PSE&G laid thousands of miles of natural gas pipes to bring this new energy source to homes and businesses – fueling the growth of New Jersey’s cities and industry. At the time, the material of choice was cast iron, and later unprotected steel. While the majority of these pipes have served us well all these decades since, it’s time to modernize our system for the next generation of growth.