PSEG: One of lowest carbon emissions rates among largest U.S. power producers

PSEG announced it has one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation’s largest power producers. As the deputy general counsel and managing director of environment at PSEG, I couldn’t be more proud of our achievements to date and the continued efforts across the company as we strive towards a clean energy future. Continue reading

PSEG’s clean energy transformation

The challenges presented by climate change are real and growing more apparent every day. As an energy company, PSEG has a unique opportunity to rise to these challenges while serving our customers, our communities – and the planet. 

Our customers will always depend on the safe, reliable, around-the-clock energy we provide, but we know that won’t be enough anymore – we must also be champions of clean energy. 

In this video, PSEG Chairman, President and CEO Ralph Izzo reaffirms our commitment to be part of a clean energy future.

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Fuel Diversity: Guaranteeing Reliable, Affordable Energy

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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

Salem at 40: Four Decades of Nuclear in New Jersey

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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.

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New Jersey Needs Nuclear Energy

Maintenance is conducted inside a 144″ circulating water system pipe during a recent Hope Creek refueling outage.

Maintenance is conducted inside a 144-inch circulating water system pipe during a recent Hope Creek refueling outage.

Fuel diversity matters. It takes a variety of energy sources to meet our electricity needs: nuclear, natural gas, solar and wind. Unfortunately, it is not a level playing field and our nation’s nuclear plants are struggling to compete.

For the 1,700 employees at PSEG Nuclear’s Salem and Hope Creek Generating Stations, our main priority is providing safe, reliable clean power for the region. South Jersey isn’t just where we do business – it’s also our home. As one of the region’s largest employers, we also see firsthand the impact we have on the local community every day.

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Experts: Nuclear is Key to a Carbon-Free Future

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Panelists included Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund; State Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee; Ralph Izzo and Susan Tierney, former assistant U.S. energy secretary and a senior adviser of the Analysis Group.

As New Jersey and the rest of the United States look for ways to shrink their carbon footprints, energy experts agree that the nation’s nuclear plants will have to play a role if tough carbon-reduction targets are going to be reached.

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