The company provided the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) with details on long-term projects — including putting flood-proof equipment in low-lying areas, building higher flood walls around facilities, reinforcing overhead equipment and/or putting some overhead lines underground to limit outages during storms.
The plans call for $1 billion in investments through 2016, some of which could be recovered through federal funding. As part of the $1 billion, Con Edison has already committed to spend $250 million this year and next on storm protection measures.
The company said it was also committed to providing customers with more accurate, individual restoration times, as well as offering text messaging and other mobile communications for customers who prefer them.
To provide initial funding for the storm-protection effort, Con Edison proposed one-year delivery rates for electric, gas and steam services.
The submission of new rate plans, which was delayed due to the company’s focus on recovery from Sandy, reflects Con Edison’s cost-control efforts and its obligation to invest in its systems for customers.
Con Edison president Craig S. Ivey said the company has sharpened its focus on controlling costs in recent years. The 13,000 men and women of Con Edison weave cost-consciousness into every task and project, Ivey said.
“Although the economy is improving, we are still working diligently to hold down costs for our customers,” Ivey said.
“At the same time, the increased frequency and damage of storms assaulting our area presents a major challenge. We must invest in our systems in new ways to maintain the safe, reliable service our customers deserve.”