Thursday, April 18, 2013
Employee asks the public to support PSE&G's $3.9 billion Energy Strong program.
Thursday, April 18
The destruction from Hurricane Sandy was extremely devastating for everyone in our area. However, I was very fortunate. I evacuated my apartment in Jersey City and came to live with my family in East Brunswick. The problems that we had seemed insignificant compared to others. We did not have electricity for a week, which was a nuisance, but manageable. My largest problem during the entire week was getting a full tank of gas. As an employee of PSEG, as soon as I was able to be of service, I took every opportunity I could to lend a hand. Working on weekends and countless hours, I felt relieved knowing that I had very little to worry about as compared to the customers I had to assist. Energy Strong is a plan for PSEG to do everything in their…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Along with superstorm Sandy's hard lessons comes the challenge to move beyond the status quo and reinvent our energy future
Thursday, January 10
by Ralph Izzo, chairman and CEO of PSE&G In wreaking devastation across New Jersey, superstorm Sandy challenged us more than any other natural disaster in PSEG’s 109-year history. We have faced many daunting storms before, but Sandy exceeded them all in size and destructive fury. Over a two-week period our employees, assisted by thousands of workers from 24 states and Canada, made more than 2.1 million electric service restorations -- a record for any utility in the country. About 48,000 trees had to be removed or trimmed and 2,400 utility poles repaired or replaced. On top of this, Sandy left us with a massive rebuilding task. We estimate the costs of restoring our distribution and transmission system at $250 million to $300 million as a…
Friday, December 7, 2012
If your electric service was out for weeks, you can vent at a series of statewide BPU hearings
Much of New Jersey was spared the Hurricane Sandy storm surge that destroyed so much of the shore areas. But for those who missed that part of the hurricane, the next worst thing that happened was the loss of electric power. In some parts of the state, the power outages lasted for as long as two weeks. Now the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) wants to know what consumers think about how their local electric utilities handled the hurricane. The BPU is seeking public input in a series of public forums throughout the state. Two hearings involving the performance of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) are scheduled. The first takes place on Monday, December 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the William Annin School in Basking Ridge, and the …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Check here for the latest update about this afternoon's power outage.
UPDATE: PSEG says the power has been restored from this afternoon's black out when the substation, located in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge, crashed and killed the electricity for people in the area. The PSEG statement is as follows: "...[A]t about 2:40 p.m. today, PSE&G’s Sewaren switching station went out of service. Personnel were immediately on site. The outage affected about 45,000 customers in portions of: Perth Amboy, Rahway, Woodbridge, Carteret, Fanwood, Westfield, Mountainside, Edison, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. The Sewaren station was one of a number of switching and substations that experienced significant flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29. All customers were restored by about 4:15 p.m…
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 …
In the latest update from the electric utility, 97 percent who lost power during Sandy have the lights back on.
The clouds are lifting in PSEG's service area. Ninety-seven percent of the utility's 1.7 million customers affected by Hurricane Sandy last week have had their power restored, the company said in their latest update. That leaves 45,000 still without power from the hurricane. More good news from Wednesday's nor'easter is that 20,000 customers who lost power had it restored by 8 pm Thursday night. This included customers affected by an equipment failure in the substation located in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge. Affected customers who got their lights back on last night were located in portions of Woodbridge Proper, Port Reading, Carteret, Linden, Metuchen, Union, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Perth Amboy, Roselle, Roselle Park, Westfield, …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The two central New Jersey counties had the highest impact from Wednesday's storm that brought heavy, wet snow and downed power lines to the area.
Middlesex and Mercer Counties took the brunt of Nor'easter Athena's heavy, sodden snow Wednesday, said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G in a morning conference call. LaRossa said he had had a meeting with mayors from the area in East Brunswick yesterday when a 69,000 volt line in the substation there blew but was quickly repaired. As of Thursday morning, 40,000 PSE&G customers were impacted by up to six inches of snow from the nor'easter, while 70,000 customers were still suffering from the lack of electricity from Hurricane Sandy last week. "We've been making fantastic progress," LaRossa said, pointing out that many of the linemen, including ones from states that have never seen snow in Athena quantities, …
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 …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
PSE&G expects to have power restored to its remaining customers in East Brunswick by midnight Sunday. JCP&L says Monday.
PSE&G announced today that it expects to have the remaining 3,500 customers without power in East Brunswick back online by midnight Sunday. Of the 15,250 PSE&G customers in East Brunswick, 14,250 were left without power by Hurricane Sandy. Middlesex County township's that the company will be focusing on this weekend are Edison, Piscataway, Woodbridge and East Brunswick On the JCP&L end, of its 4,588 East Brunswick customers, 3,715 are without power, according to a statement released by the company. Of those with outages, 2,080 were expected to be restored Saturday, Nov. 3; 743 on Sunday, Nov. 5; and 223 on Monday, Nov. 5 Statewide, PSE&G had restored power to 65 percent of customers that lost it in the storm, and in the last day, service …
Friday, November 2, 2012
But company officials stressed they are doing everything to restore electrical power throughout the state.
Slow, but sure: that's the statement PSEG wants customers without power to know about how they're gradually restoring service throughout their New Jersey energy territory. There are 690,000 still without electrical service in the four days since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Garden State. "That's too big a number from our point of view," said Ralph LaRosa, PSEG chief operating officer who was on a media call to provide updates as to how the utility is progressing. Their areas of focus, LaRosa said, include restoring service to the four refineries in the northern part of the state. "We want to free up the bottleneck so gasoline can flow," he said. Electrical service was restored to ConocoPhillips and another refinery, which should …