Protecting our systems from extreme weather has long been part of Con Edison’s investment plan. From work as basic as trimming trees around power lines to investments in sophisticated smart-grid technologies, the measures give our energy-delivery systems greater flexibility and reliability.
The core of our capital spending—more than $2 billion annually—continues to go toward replacing and upgrading the equipment of our extensive electric, gas, and steam networks. During 2012, we installed almost 1,900 miles of new electrical cable, including 175 miles of conductors damaged by Sandy, and replaced nearly 80 miles of gas pipe. We also opened a new substation in Rockland County, to meet growing demand for energy in West Nyack and surrounding communities.
In the post-Sandy era, we will continue to invest in systems that are designed to withstand increasingly severe weather. We have proposed $1 billion for measures to fortify and protect our systems. We plan to install stronger flood barriers and more submersible equipment, raise critical equipment, and strategically bring overhead power lines underground. We will install additional state-of-the art monitoring sensors, switches, and related smart-grid technologies to improve the flexibility of our system. Our long-range investment plan remains focused on keeping our systems reliable and safe for our customers.