DeAngelo calls for commission to find ways to keep more lights on during future storms

TRENTON – An Assembly lawmaker says he intends to introduce legislation that would establish a commission charged with finding ways to strengthen energy delivery systems to customers.

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, (D-14), Hamilton, announced Thursday his plans to introduce a bill next week that would establish a 20-member commission made up state and local representatives, as well as private citizens.

The commission would, among other things, make recommendations for improving the state’s electric utility infrastructure, find ways to reinforce or improve existing power lines and utility poles versus the installation of underground electric distribution lines and also determine the feasibility of installing all, or a majority of, electric distribution lines in the state underground.

“The bill concept is derived from concerns raised during and after Superstorm Sandy when many consumers lost power because of downed power lines caused by high winds or trees falling on power lines, as well as extensive flooding of substations in low-lying areas,” DeAngelo said in a statement.

“We can’t prevent another storm from coming, but we can try to lessen the impact by proactively improving our energy system,” he said.

DeAngelo calls for commission to find ways to keep more lights on during future storms