Today’s smartphones would baffle Alexander Graham Bell, while today’s utility systems would look familiar to Thomas Edison. Our electric infrastructure has hardly changed since Edison’s influence at the start of the 20th century. That’s about to change. The way people use electricity and gas is being transformed thanks to technological innovations that are similar to ones that we have seen in other industries.
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
Photo courtesy of Hackensack University Medical Center.
Hospitals are some of the most important customers that PSE&G serves.
These facilities help heal the sick, provide critical care in times of emergency and serve as anchors in our communities. Continue reading
“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.
The modern utility faces a new reality: Customers’ demands are changing. They want more reliability, they want more resilient power, they want cleaner energy and they want access to smart technology to better understand their energy use – all while keeping bills affordable.
Frigid weather is on the way, and you likely will bundle up to keep your body heat in and the cold out. But, have you thought about if your home is appropriately “dressed” for winter?
Low cost and no cost ways to save
In an ideal world everyone would go out and buy all new ENERGY STAR appliances, add insulation to their attics, and install the newest generation of smart thermostats. Yes, this would save people lots of money on their electric bills. But for most of our customers, that’s just not an affordable option in the short term. Continue reading
Reducing consumption of electricity and natural gas means lower customer bills, healthier air and water and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why I believe that energy efficiency must be at the center of our nation’s energy policy. And utilities, like PSEG, are uniquely positioned to deliver those benefits to our customers, our country and the next generation.
The cheapest, cleanest energy is the energy you don’t use. Energy efficiency is by far the cheapest method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unleashing the full power of energy efficiency would save consumers billions of dollars nationwide—mitigating if not entirely offsetting the cost impact of necessary upgrades to our systems.
The environmental benefits of energy efficiency are equally impressive. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that energy efficiency improvements can achieve 23 percent of its carbon reduction goal for the nation through the year 2030. Continue reading