Power Utilities Take a ‘Resilient’ Stance

New Jersey electric and natural gas companies are investing billions in infrastructure to keep businesses and residents ‘empowered.’

By: Anthony Birritteri, Editor-in-Chief
April 20, 2015 

Resiliency, redundancy and infrastructure improvements; these are the key initiatives of the state’s power utilities today as they improve their transmission systems in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

In the following Q&A, New Jersey Business magazine sits down with the executives of four leading utilities, as well as the president of the New Jersey Utilities Association, to discuss the money being spent on improving energy transmission (both electric and gas) throughout the state. Billions of dollars are being invested, but what does this mean for end-user costs? Are residents and businesses more accepting of utility capital investments after being “left in the dark” in Sandy’s immediate aftermath?

 

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New Jersey Utilities Association Celebrates Eighth Annual National Safe Digging Month

NJUA encourages New Jersey residents to always call 811 a few days before digging

Trenton, NJ – This April, the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) is recognizing the eighth annual National Safe Digging Month and reminding New Jersey residents to always call 811 three full business days before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

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Rockland Electric Proposes Storm Hardening and Technology Initiative to Enhance Service Reliability

Storm Hardening, Technology Initiatives to Enhance Rockland Electric's Service Reliability Programs

MAWAH, N.J. March 16, 2015 --- Rockland Electric Company today announced plans to significantly improve electric service reliability for its customers by initiating a new five-year, $60-million electric system storm hardening program to underground targeted sections of the electric system, upgrade key substations  and install innovative technology that automatically reports power outages.

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JCP&L Plans to Spend $267 Million in 2015 to Enhance Electric System

Projects Designed to Help Enhance Service Reliability and Meet Increased Demand for Electricity

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 23, 2015 -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to spend about $267 million in 2015 on projects and other work to enhance and maintain a strong electrical system and help meet future load growth in its 13-county New Jersey service area.  

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PSE&G Announces Plan to Cut Residential Gas Bills by Nearly One-Third

Customers reap the benefit of cheaper natural gas, which is at lowest price in 14 years

Public Service Electric & Gas residential customers will receive an average 31 percent cut in their gas bills this month and in March, the utility announced yesterday.

The Newark utility said it will extend credits it initiated this past November to customers because of the steep drop in natural gas prices, largely the result of the availability of low-cost shale gas from neighboring states.

For typical residential customers, it could mean a savings of $210 since last November. PSE&G said its costs for natural gas -- on which it does not make any profit -- are at the lowest rate in 14 years. 

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New Jersey Utilities Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Trenton, NJ – This year, the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), the statewide trade association for investor-owned utilities that provide essential water, wastewater, electric, natural gas and telecommunications services to New Jersey residents and businesses, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In conjunction with its centennial celebration, NJUA has launched a new website, and will return its annual conference in June 2015 to Atlantic City.  NJUA moved its conference outside of Atlantic City during the 1940’s, but wishes to celebrate its 100th by supporting Atlantic City as it strives to meet new challenges.

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NJUA Scholarships Now Available

Applications for NJUA's 2015 scholarships, as well as NAWC scholarships, are now available online.

For full applications, click the following links. 

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South Jersey Industries: SJG Files to Extend and Enhance Energy Efficiency Programs

For Immediate Release                                                                                

Folsom, NJ - South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), filed a petition today with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to extend an initiative established in 2009 that encourages energy efficiency, and in turn, strengthens the local economy.

SJG proposes to continue four of its existing energy efficiency programs and to add a social marketing and education program to run through June 2018, totaling approximately $56 million of investments that are incremental to the company's Conservation Incentive Program offerings. Since the implementation of SJG's energy efficiency programs in 2009, customers have received more than $29 million in grants, rebates and no interest loans to become more energy efficient.

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Half a million N.J. homes would get $114 credit under utility deal, reports say

By Craig McCarthy | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Atlantic City Electric's half a million customers would see some free credit if a proposed nearly $7 billion-dollar merger is approved by officials, reports say.

The deal would also leave PSEG as the only New Jersey-based utility operating in the state.

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Middlesex Water Company warns against imposters

Middlesex Water Company is urging customers to be on the alert for individuals claiming to be water company representatives.

Recently, the company has learned of incidents in its service area, where imposters, often working with another person, will pose as water company representatives, and will attempt to gain entry to a customer's home to check water quality or meter piping. Often, while the customer is distracted while complying with a request to check their tap or fixture, they will later discover they have been burglarized.

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