As it continues efforts to modernize and enhance the reliability of its gas distribution system, South Jersey Gas received approval June 8 from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to implement a $200 million, five-year Infrastructure Investment Program.
The effort begins on July 1, 2022, with the replacement of nearly 250 miles of at-risk facilities.
South Jersey Gas says that by targeting aging sections of its distribution system, the program will enhance service while supporting environmental stewardship by reducing emissions and facilitating economic development through job creation in the Garden State.
“At South Jersey Gas, our more than 400,000 customers count on us to provide safe, reliable, affordable natural gas service,” said President and COO Brent Schomber. “The Infrastructure Investment Program approved today prioritizes methane emissions reductions and enhances our long-term system reliability, ensuring that we can continue to meet the needs of our customers who rely on us to cost effectively heat their homes, warm their water and cook their meals, even during the coldest days of the year and under adverse weather conditions.”
“Throughout our long history, our utilities have been steadfastly committed to ensuring the safety, security and reliability of our energy delivery systems. While South Jersey Gas has been making considerable investments to modernize its natural gas system for many years, a significant portion of the company’s legacy distribution system is still comprised of aging, at-risk pipe. As these aging systems are replaced through an orderly, efficient program like the IIP approved today, South Jersey Gas customers, the communities it serves, and the state as a whole will receive immediate and tangible benefits,” said Melissa Orsen, senior vice president for SJI and president of SJI Utilities.
South Jersey Gas has not proposed a rate change associated with this approval.