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By Eva Loayza | November 29th, 2012 - 1:28pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

DeAngelo will Introduce Bill to Create Commission Tasked with Finding Ways to Enhance Delivery of Energy Services During Severe Weather

More than two million homes and businesses lost power during Superstorm Sandy; thousands remain without power a month after the storm made landfall

(HAMILTON) - Hoping to minimize the impact of severe weather on public utilities following the vast power outages that affected millions of homes and businesses in New Jersey during Superstorm Sandy, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo will introduce legislation on Monday to create a commission tasked with finding ways to strengthen the methods and systems used to deliver energy to consumers.

"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," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice-chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications Committee. "More than two million homes and businesses lost power during the storm. Some are still without power because of the extent of infrastructure damage in their communities. We can't prevent another storm from coming, but we can try to lessen the impact by proactively improving our energy system."

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