Con Edison, the energy utility for metropolitan New York, is taking measures to make its systems more storm resistant under a rate-setting agreement with New York officials. The company will invest $1 billion over the next four years in storm and climate change protection measures while maintaining its commitment to greener communities.

Con Edison is investing in stronger storm-resistant cable and poles. The company is installing more smart switches on overhead lines and is installing new underground switches in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn coastal communities. Efforts also are underway to install higher and stronger flood barriers and raise critical equipment. Plans also have been expanded to replace cast iron and steel pipes in the company’s natural gas network, with installation of special float-check valves underway to protect gas service from floods.

The agreement also includes provisions for decreasing greenhouse gases, which include switching more customers from oil to natural gas. Over the last decade, Con Edison has reduced its carbon footprint by 50%.