NJSpotlight – Infrastructure After Sandy


NJSpotlight – Infrastructure After Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call to New Jersey, one that the state’s electric utilities and water companies have heeded. But as they move ahead with plans to build a more robust, reliable power grid and water infrastructure, what options are being considered and what will be its price tag?

The NJ Spotlight Conference: Building a Sustainable Infrastructure After Sandy will tackle those and other tough questions. NJ Spotlight’s first extended-format event, this all-day conference gives panelists and participants the time they need to delve into details.This is a four-DVD set. Each panel DVD is approximately 90 minutes long. The Keynote Address by Gov. Florio is about 45 minutes.


Disc #1: New Jersey’s Aging Water Infrastructure

New Jersey’s water infrastructure is falling apart. The state needs to spend more than $40 billion to fix a water distribution system that leaks at least 20 percent of the treated water it delivers to homeowners and businesses. Much of the money needs to be spent upgrading wastewater treatment plants, some of which dumped — after Sandy — hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into state waters, a source of drinking water for millions.

Tom Johnson, energy writer, cofounder NJ Spotlight

Richard S. Dovey, President, Atlantic County Utilities Authority

Michele Siekerka, Assistant Commissioner Water Resource Management, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Robert E. Hughey, former Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Stephen P. Schmitt, Vice President of Operations, New Jersey American Water

Disc #2: The Power Grid in The Aftermath Of Sandy

With 2.7 million people without power following Sandy, some for up to two weeks, what can be done to make the state’s electric system more resilient in the event of extreme storms? It’s not going to be cheap. A recent report from a blue-ribbon panel suggests the state needs to invest close to $9 billion to make the grid more reliable.


Tom Johnson, energy writer, cofounder NJ Spotlight

Sara Bluhm, Vice President Environment, Energy & Federal Affairs, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)

Stefanie Brand, Director, NJ Office of the Rate Counsel

Ralph LaRossa, President & Chief Operating Officer, Public Service Electric & Gas

Dr. Edward Salmon, Chairman, NJ Energy Coalition; former President, Board of Public Utilities

Dennis Wilson, President, Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association

Disc #3: Luncheon keynote speech
The Hon. James J. Florio, former Governor of New Jersey

Disc #4, Distributed Generation: The Wave of the Future

New Jersey’s power grid — particularly in the northern part of the state — is among the most congested in the country, adding huge costs to consumers’ electric bills. Developing new, more efficient power plants to serve local facilities — while continuing to deploy solar systems — is one way of dealing with the problem. This approach could also prevent outages at critical facilities, like hospitals and water treatment plants.

Tom Johnson, energy writer, cofounder NJ Spotlight

Gerard Foley,New Jersey Director, Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center,U.S. Department of Energy

Pamela Frank, vice president, Gabel Associates, LLC

Bob Kudrick, Manager, Business Development for Combined Heat and Power, Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources

Jeff Perry, Chief Development Officer, Veolia Energy North America

Stephen Poniatowicz, Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Marina Energy