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80 targeted projects to help improve service reliability for local homeowners and businesses and increase opportunities for additional solar in South Jersey
MAYS LANDING, NJ (November 1, 2022) – Atlantic City Electric has proposed Powering the Future, a portfolio of projects to expand on the company's support of New Jersey's clean energy and climate goals while furthering its commitment to delivering safe and reliable service for its customers and communities. In its proposal, filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the company outlined 80 interrelated projects that are essential to expanding the local energy grid's ability to support the interconnection of more solar and other clean energy technologies, improve system reliability, and leverage more modern technologies to help make the grid stronger and more resilient against increasingly impactful storms.
"We are leading the energy transformation across South Jersey, and these 80 projects are central to that effort," said Tamla Olivier, senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. "Powering the Future will broaden the ability for customers to interconnect their solar with the local energy grid while fortifying the grid and addressing specific pockets in our communities where the reliability of service is not meeting our expectations. This work is essential, and we will execute it while keeping bills as low as possible and helping every customer meet their energy needs."
Powering the Future will accelerate these individual projects to modernize South Jersey's energy grid, further enhancing energy service for hundreds of thousands of local customers, while supporting the growth of distributed energy resources like solar and battery storage technology. This program will also help create new opportunities for residential solar interconnection in most areas by giving Atlantic City Electric the ability to safely and reliably accommodate approximately 50,000 additional residential solar arrays, more than doubling the number of local solar installations across the company's service area.
"Atlantic City Electric is proposing smart investments for a clean energy future. This innovative plan will help to modernize the grid in the South Jersey region, enable more distributed energy resources to connect to the grid in ACE's service territory, and open more circuits for both solar and storage projects," said Scott Elias, director of State Affairs, Mid-Atlantic at the Solar Energy Industries Association. "If New Jersey is to meet its ambitious goal of 100 percent clean energy in the not-too-distant future, we need comprehensive strategies like this one to get the State there."
Powering the Future includes five specific categories of projects. These include:
"We appreciate Atlantic City Electric's efforts to create career opportunities for local residents and to support sustained economic growth through workforce development initiatives, reliability improvement projects and community investment," said Jerry Keenan, president of the NJ Alliance for Action. "Powering the Future is another step toward advancing South Jersey's energy infrastructure while also aligning with our efforts to improve the state's economy, environment and quality of life."
Powering the Future will support economic development and job creation in the local clean energy economy and is expected to sustain more than 600 full-time jobs within Atlantic City Electric's workforce, as well as its contractors and suppliers. In addition, it is expected to create opportunities for graduates of the company's South Jersey Utility Training Program and the Atlantic City Infrastructure Program. Atlantic City Electric supports the State's focus on social equity and the Energy Master Plan's goals of ensuring the benefits and opportunities of the State's clean energy economy reach all communities it serves, including under resourced communities.
Powering the Future will build on Atlantic City Electric's efforts over the past several years in making the local energy grid smarter, stronger, and cleaner. This work is having a significant and noticeable impact on the reliability of the service provided to local customers and communities. In 2021, Atlantic City Electric customers experienced the most reliable service ever, with the lowest frequency of electric outages in the company's history. And over the last ten years the frequency of outages has reduced by 60 percent for Atlantic City Electric customers despite the increasing frequency and severity of storms.
Based on the company's proposal to the BPU, Atlantic City Electric would begin executing Power the Future in mid-2023. To recover costs for Powering the Future, gradual rate changes would occur over four years between 2023 and 2027, pending approval from the BPU. Based on the company's request, the total monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 680 kilowatt hours would increase by $5.01 or 3.55 percent over the four-year period.
Providing safe, reliable, and clean energy service while helping to maintain affordability for local customers and communities is Atlantic City Electric's top priority. The company is committed to helping its customers manage their energy bill by continuing to provide tips and information about how to save energy and money and connecting customers with helpful energy assistance resources. Customers can contact Atlantic City Electric at 800-642-3780 to discuss their account, make payment arrangements and receive support that can help meet their individual energy needs. Customers also can visit atlanticcityelectric.com/EnergyAssistance to learn more about energy assistance options.
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