Friday, November 9, 2012
They're almost there, said the PSEG president in what will be the last of the hurricane media conferences.
It's day 12 since Hurricane Sandy hit, and PSEG has hit a milestone. The company says it has restored electricity to 98 percent of their customers in their service area, and they're hoping to make it 100 percent by Saturday. Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of the company, said in a media update conference call -- the last he hopes he'll be having to discuss Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter that tore through the area Wednesday -- that even with service restoration, the work isn't over yet. He gave a big thanks to the 4,500 linemen who poured into New Jersey from all over the country to supplement PSEG's own crews. He spoke to one lineman yesterday, who said he had been working 16 hours a day since even before the …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Some folks who got their power back post-Sandy lost it in Wednesday's nor'easter.
It's really hard to be without electricity. It's even worse to get it turned on, and lose it again to the results of another storm. Woodbridge residents on Facebook lit up the comments section as power died in various parts of town Wednesday afternoon and evening. The explanation in some cases was that the power was being turned off temporarily by PSEG so that they could restore electric service to other nearby residents. But the heavy, wet snow of the nor'easter - named Athena in a new twist - contributed to the outages as well. PSEG said in a statement that the winter storm knocked out power for 90,000 customers, but power was restored for 50,000 of them. The storm knocked out a substation in East Brunswick at 4 pm, killing the lights …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
PSEG said that the nor'easter blanketing central New Jersey with snow has already caused an additional 60,000 customers to lose electrical service.
As the named Nor'easter Athena slams into central Jersey, PSEG said they're doing everything they can to get the lights back on. As of a 6 pm update, the utility said that the nor'easter has caused an additional 60,000 power outages statewide. That number, the update said, is expected to increase as strong winds arrive with the storm tonight. Linemen can work in the rain, said PSEG spokeswoman Rena Esposito. But the high winds make it dangerous for them to work in bucket trucks they use to complete work on elevated wires. Federal law prohibits work in the trucks in winds greater than 40 mph. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey last week and caused massive power failures, more than 4,000 out-of-state workers in addition to 700 PSE&G …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Today's update is good news for residents who have their lights on. Others are still waiting, but it won't be long to go.
In 48 hours, PSE&G has cut the number of Woodbridge residents without power by two-thirds. It's an accomplishment; on Friday, 9,200 Woodbridge residents were waiting for their electrical service to be turned on after Hurricane Sandy hit earlier this week. But it's still not much comfort to the 3,840 customers who are waiting for their electricity to be turned on. When asked to post where the electric is out, 57 Woodbridge residents on Facebook posted streets and the parts of the township where they are waiting for service. All parts of Woodbridge are still affected, but the main area with the most number of homes without power seems to be Port Reading. Ninety percent of Middlesex County residents have their service restored, said Ralph …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The utility is saying that customers who lose power may be without it for a week or more.
PSE&G is reporting about 4,000 customers without power in the early stages of Hurricane Sandy. The majority – about 3,000 – are located in the utility’s southern counties of Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester. The utility provides electric service to 2.2 million customers. The utility is urging customers to prepare for the possibility of lengthy outages – perhaps seven days or more -- due to the enormity of Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters predict may become the worst storm to hit the Northeast in 100 years. It may take until Wednesday until a full assessment of the storm’s damage can be made and the utility can more accurately predict when full restoration can be made. Other news in the latest PSE&G update from the company:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Utility company says its hiring extra contractors, urges residents to be prepared
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Keith Brown
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Residents should be prepared for power outages of up to 10 days from the anticipated impact of Hurricane Sandy, according to a release from the parent company of JCP&L. FirstEnergy Corp, which owns the local utility company along with several others on the East Coast, said in a release that the oncoming storm could wreak havoc with the electrical system and residents should be prepared to be without power for more than a week. The company is securing outside utility crews, electrical contractor and tree trimmers to assist a beefed up response crew and support workers to help restore power as soon as possible throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to the release. “Depending on the severity of the storm's impact on the …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The utility is keeping central NJ electric users abreast of what's going on with the storm.
PSE&G is monitoring Hurricane Sandy, and in what might be a small glint of hope in an array of frightening news, they're saying that the storm "is tracking further south" - and that might bring a little less of the horror of a direct hit right on the region. The utility company said in a statement that they are "ramping up emergency preparations." They expect heavy rain, strong winds, and flooding to the central New Jersey area, with the storm beginning as early as late Sunday evening, with the full brunt expected Monday and Tuesday. In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, PSE&G has requested more than 1,300 linemen and 600 tree contractors from utilities in other states to assist their crews. The utility's call center will be fully staffed …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …