BPU OKs Elizabethtown Gas’s proposal to rip up, replace aging mains

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Elizabethtown Gas is the latest utility to win approval from state regulators to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next five years to replace aging gas mains and make other investments in its system.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities unanimously approved Wednesday a scaled-down infrastructure-investment program for the subsidiary of South Jersey Industries to replace 250 miles of aging cast-iron and steel mains, as well as installing excess-flow valves on new service lines.

The utility’s program follows similar large investments made by gas and electric distribution companies to modernize their infrastructure at a time when low gas prices have cushioned the effect of those expenditures on customers …

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