The Edison Electric Institute on Wednesday said it named Public Service Electric & Gas the recipient of the 2022 Edison Award, the electric utility industry’s highest honor, in recognition of its industry-leading efforts to protect New Jersey communities and customers from extreme weather conditions.
The announcement was made Tuesday evening at EEI’s Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Presented annually by EEI, the award recognizes electric utilities for their innovation and contribution to advancing the industry. The selection panel comprised of former electric utility CEOs chose PSE&G as the 2022 Edison Award winner.
“We are honored and grateful for this recognition and proud of our efforts to serve 2.3 million customers and enhance their lives and businesses by making our distribution systems more resilient in the face of increasingly extreme weather events,” PSE&G President and Chief Operating Officer Kim Hanemann said.
The investments to protect customers from the extreme weather caused by climate change are fundamental to Public Service Enterprise Group’s Powering Progress vision of a future where people use less energy, and it’s cleaner, safer and delivered more reliably than ever.
“Climate change has made fortifying New Jersey’s energy infrastructure imperative. The benefits of this initiative were clear last fall when Tropical Storm Ida hit New Jersey hard, but significantly fewer customers lost power than during previous intense storms,” Hanemann said.
This is the third time in PSE&G’s 119-year history that the utility has received the Edison Award.