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Asst. Secy. Hoffman, Reps. Payne & Pallone, & PSEG CEO Ralph LaRossa Commemorate 1 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

October 21, 2013 - 11:42am


WASHINGTON -  Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman will join Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) and Public Service Energy & Gas (PSEG) Company President & CEO Ralph LaRossa in a press conference on the need to upgrade our power systems, invest in smart grid technologies, and make our electric grid more resilient.

Between 2003 and 2012, weather-related outages are estimated to have cost the U.S. economy on average between $18 billion and $33 billion annually. Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the importance of strengthening systems to protect against a major storm.  Hurricane Sandy paralyzed the New Jersey/New York region for weeks, and estimates of total economic damage from the storm in the United States exceed $65 billion. Much of the damage can be linked to the failure of critical water, power and transportation systems with electric power reliability as a common thread across these systems.


Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6)

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)

Ralph Izzo, CEO & President, Public Service Energy & Gas Company


Press Conference and Highlighting the Need to Upgrade and Strengthen the Nation’s Power Grid System to Prepare for Future Disasters


PSEG Headquarters

80 Park Plaza

Newark, NJ 07101


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

11:00AM to 12:00PM