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
Toward the end of his extraordinary life Thomas Edison said:
I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!
Lateesha Mars remembers when a woman with two young children in tow approached her window at the PSE&G Customer Service Center in Newark. The woman recently became seriously ill and couldn’t work. She couldn’t pay her bills. She didn’t know what to do – and she was afraid. Lateesha could see relief on her face as she learned about the payment assistance programs for which she might qualify.
In researching PSE&G’s 100th anniversary, I came across a purchasing memo:
Purchase request: Truck.
Reason: Horse died.
They got the truck.
Rarely can you find a document that captures a moment of dramatic change at, or near, its start. The horse, a tried and true component of transportation for decades, would begin to increasingly be replaced by engine driven cars and trucks – at PSE&G and in society. In fact, today it is jarring for us to even think of an electric and gas company that used horses to take people and equipment to string the electric wires and dig the ditches for gas lines still being using today.
New Jersey’s nickname is the Garden State. But, we often get a bad rap from our neighbors who have branded the state with some less than desirable monikers. Continue reading
As the president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, I have seen how the wonders of healthcare technology – like minimally invasive surgery equipment, diagnostic scanning devices and patient monitoring systems – can improve medical care and provide a more comfortable experience for patients. Continue reading
More than four million passenger cars in New Jersey busily shuttle commuters to work, kids to practice and groceries to kitchens. All those trips on crowded roads are one reason why transportation is the largest source of air pollution in New Jersey – ahead of power plants and industry. For some, that has sparked increased interest in driving electric vehicles (EVs), which emit no exhaust or pollution.
Growing concern about climate change and the impact to our planet has made the quest for cleaner energy a critical focus.
To address those concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan last year. The rule, scheduled to be finalized this summer, sets a goal of achieving a 30% nationwide reduction from 2005 emissions by 2030. It would impose carbon emission limits on existing power plants. The power sector represents a great opportunity for combating climate change. It is second largest source of greenhouse gas, behind transportation. Continue reading