The work will take place across PSE&G’s service territory in 11 counties, concentrating on urban areas established in the early 1900s, where much of the utility’s cast iron and unprotected steel gas pipes are located. PSE&G is working with municipalities to determine when replacements will be done. Engineering and planning of the construction is underway, with work set to begin in the spring.
Work is being prioritized based on the condition and location of the gas mains. In addition, data on methane emissions from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will be used in prioritizing this work.
EDF partnered with Google and Colorado State University on a program to detect, map, and quantify methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems quickly and cost-effectively, using new mapping and analytical methods. The organization spent six months surveying portions of PSE&G’s service territory being targeted for replacement under the utility’s Gas System Modernization Program.”
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