With super-storms come super-big bills for strengthening and moderninzing the grid to deal with them. In the case of New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas, the tab adds up to $4 billion, according to its “Energy Strong” infrastructure upgrade case it presented to state regulators this week. About 1.7 million PSE&G customers lost power during Hurricane Sandy, and the utility says that the upgrades it’s suggesting could have cut those outages in half and speed up restoration times. We’re seeing similar moves underway in New York and other states, as storm readiness becomes another part of the set of solutions smart grid can provide.
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