Bringing the power of energy efficiency to more of our customers

Summit Plaza in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a four-building, 483-unit apartment complex that is home to mostly low-income families.

One of the most important missions for utilities going forward will be to help their customers develop low-cost, energy efficient options. Reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas will provide a host of benefits – it will give customers access to new energy efficient technologies while also lowering their utility bills and reducing pollution and environmental impacts for years to come. Continue reading

How pruning keeps trees and power lines happily coexisting

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“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and, though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.” ~John Muir, American author and naturalist

My family thinks I am obsessed with trees. Perhaps that’s because I moved them into a home that has a 48-acre arboretum directly behind it. Maybe it’s because they constantly hear me offering little details about bark, or leaves or the branch system. Did you know, for example, that each branch operates independently yet for the common good of the whole – using its leaves to feed itself and then sending reserves to the root system to be used by the rest of the tree? Yes, I love trees. Continue reading

Stevens and PSEG – It’s a SURE thing

Recently, Stevens Institute of Technology and PSEG held a reception at Liberty Science Center to celebrate our longstanding partnership and PSEG’s underwriting of Stevens’ innovative SURE House. Late last year, the PSEG Foundation awarded a new $1.5 million grant to further strengthen academic excellence at the university and take our partnership to a new level. Continue reading

Solar + Storage = reliable, resilient energy for critical customers

When powerful storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy caused widespread power outages – in some parts of New Jersey lasting for more than a week – critical customers such as hospitals and public works were particularly vulnerable.
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How to avoid paying for more than half of your electric car

There are many new models of electric cars flooding the market, from pure electrics (like the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt or Tesla) to electric cars that also sport gas electric generators so they may run on duel fuels (like the Chevy Bolt Volt or BMW I3).  Still others boast a small electric engine that takes you 10 to 15 miles and then switch to a gas engine (like the plug-in Prius or Ford Focus ).  This is just a start. There are now more than 35 models of electric cars from more than 17 companies for sale in the Unites States.  Increasingly there is an electric car that can meet the driving needs of nearly everyone.  Continue reading

A Plant Grows in Woodbridge

Stop by the Sewaren 7 construction site in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, and you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of a staggering volume of activity – massive machinery moving dirt, cement being poured, sparks flying from welders’ guns. On any given day, you will find between 450 and 500 skilled workers building what will soon be the most efficient, clean, state-of-the-art gas generation plant in the Garden State.

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Protecting Those in Danger

At first glance, Swamp Pink, a member of the lily family, the Golden-winged Warbler, a small migratory bird, and the Frosted Elfin, a butterfly native to North America, couldn’t be less alike. Yet despite their obvious differences, they all have something in common; all three are threatened or endangered species in New Jersey with habitats on and around the nearly 1,000 miles of transmission rights-of-way (ROWs) that PSE&G owns and maintains in New Jersey. They have lots of company, too, as some 131 other threatened or endangered species make their homes on or near our ROWs.

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PSE&G and EDF “Google It”

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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.

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