PSE&G wants to spend almost $900m on resiliency of natural-gas network

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Public Service Electric & Gas plans to add 14 gas pipelines to its grid to safeguard against curtailments in interstate shipments of natural gas, but critics say the lines will be seldom, if ever, used.

In filings on the Newark utility’s pending $2.5 billion Energy Strong II program, the Division of Rate Counsel argued the overall project should be rejected, saying it will have significant impacts on rates if approved as proposed.

But Rate Counsel director Stefanie Brand and her consultants addressed their most withering criticism to the company’s nearly $1 billion plan to strengthen the resiliency of its gas distribution system, the bulk of which ($863 million) will spent on projects designed to back up supply if interstate pipelines are disrupted …

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