With the summer months heating up steadily, PSE&G has begun to prepare for the expected high demand for electricity. The predicted peak for electricity this summer is 10,562 megawatts (MW). Last years summer peak was 10,521 MW while PSE&G’s all-time high peak was 11,108 MW set on August 2, 2006.
“We’ve already experienced one heat wave in 2013, and there’s certainly more hot weather on its way,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. “PJM, which manages electric supply for our region, has said we will have enough power to meet the demand for electricity this summer. Our customers can rest assured that when the temperature starts to climb, they’ll be able to run their fans and air conditioners to keep cool.”
Delivering extra power during these peak months is of little worry to PSE&G. In case service interruptions should occur, PSE&G has utility crews ready to respond at all times.
The summer month preparedness program includes:
- Increased employee training
- Developing emergeny summer opertating plans
- Performing summer peak reliability analysis through helicopter, climbing, and infared inspections of transmission circuits
- Conducting system reinforcements and transmission line work
PSE&G has planned to perform about $1.8 billion in electric and gas infrastructure upgrades this year to its transmission and distribution facilities. Recent upgrades for this summer include:
- Over 100 miles of underground distribution cable
- 10 miles of aerial cable
- 129 padmounted transformers
- 127 microprocessor relays
- 7 underground network protectors
“These significant investments in transmission and distribution facilities – along with our highly skilled workforce – are what keep PSE&G among the most reliable utilities in the nation, year after year,” LaRossa said.
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