In August 2020, we proposed building a Smart Energy Network across our entire service area, including installing smart meters and upgrading the local energy grid with specialized networking equipment. The Smart Energy Network will enhance the reliability and resiliency of our energy service, including faster restoration efforts following increasingly common severe weather events. The Smart Energy Network will also improve customer service and support new tools and programs to help customers save money and energy.
To build the Smart Energy Network, we would replace all the existing analog meters in our service area with smart meters that can securely communicate with our central operations facility, providing real-time information about energy service. We would also upgrade the local energy grid with more specialized networking equipment to create a smart energy infrastructure that can automatically respond and alert us to potential issues.
The Smart Energy Network is a critical step in advancing a clean energy future for South Jersey. As customers' energy needs evolve, it helps upgrade the grid into a common platform connecting customers to new energy services and more choices. For example, smart meters will enable more efficient integration of new energy technologies and services for customers, including electric vehicles, more solar energy, and battery storage.
By building the Smart Energy Network and providing real-time data about the energy grid, we can enhance reliability resiliency of energy service, maintain affordable service for customers, and improve the overall customer experience, while also supporting New Jersey's environmental goals and helping power the state's economic recovery by creating jobs. The proposal must now be approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. If approved, initial work to begin building the Smart Energy Network is expected to start in 2022.
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