Tuesday, May 21, 2013
No interruption of service to customers, officials report.
As part of their massive $3.9 billion, 10-year proposed infrastructure plan, called "Energy Strong," PSE&G will be running underground transformer lines from the New Milford substation to the River Edge Swim Club, officials reported at the meeting of the River Edge Mayor and Council Monday evening. The plan, prompted by the effects of Superstorm Sandy that left residents in New Milford, River Edge and Oradell without power and gas for 10 days, includes raising, relocating or protecting all switching and substations affected by recent storms as well as those in newly designated flood zones, moving 20 miles of overhead electric distribution lines underground, reinforcing overhead power lines to withstand sustained 65 mph winds, replacing and…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Utility says costs for electric, gas customers will drop — not spike — under proposed plan.
Public Service Electric & Gas officials Wednesday refuted accusations contained in a letter from five of the state’s most prominent lobbying groups Tuesday to the state Board of Public Utilities concerning its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to strengthen its power grid. The company says the plan will prevent widespread outages during major storms like last fall’s Super Storm Sandy. However, the lobbying groups disagreed, telling the board the proposed plan would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. The lobbying groups included AARP, New Jersey Citizen Action, the Chemistry Industry Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Large Energy Users Coalition, and NJ Public Interest Research Group. In a press release, …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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The utility disputes a claim that projects will substantially increase bills for residential and industrial customers.
Public Service Electric & Gas is facing mounting opposition to its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to harden its power grid to prevent widespread outages during major storms. In a letter sent late yesterday afternoon to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, five of the state’s most prominent lobbying organizations urged the agency to reject out of hand or delay indefinitely PSE&G’s proposal, submitted to the agency in February. They said it would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. Do you support PSE&G's plan? Click here to take part in a Patch readers' poll and make your voice heard. The concerns raised by the groups underscore how difficult it will be for the agency and the state’s utilities to …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The utility company has also provided a number of tips for customers in the event of a power outage during the predicted nor'easter.
The following information was provided by PSE&G in preparation for the Nor'Easter tomorrow. A blizzard warning is in effect for Bergen County, beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday: Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service. As part of our ongoing efforts to keep customers informed during severe weather events, we are providing the following information: PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of the approaching nor'easter and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and strong winds to our service territory. At this time, the storm is expected to begin impacting New Jersey on Friday and continue through Saturday, with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area on Friday night. In anticipation of the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A redundant grid, and a smarter one, will help protect power during superstorms
Thursday, December 6, 2012
by Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com If New Jersey wants a better response to major storms like Hurricane Sandy, the state needs to build more redundancy into the power grid and get serious about aggressive tree-trimming efforts, utility executives said yesterday. The state also needs to look at ways to develop a smarter electric grid, a step that would improve communication between electric companies and customers and allow more efficient dispatch of crews to restore service, the executives said at a forum sponsored by the New Jersey Alliance for Action. The event at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel provided a glimpse of what the state’s four utilities will likely tell a pair of legislative committees today and tomorrow, as they explore what …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
With the majority of town still without power, and most businesses closed, New Milford is trying to get back to normal.
Less than 48 hours since Sandy came barreling into Bergen County, taking down hundred-year old trees, wires, telephone and light poles, New Milford is trying to recover from the devastation. "Being without power for so long is the hardest thing to deal with," one resident of Graphic Street said. "Especially having no internet. I feel so disconnected from everything that's going on in the world." All of the businesses on Main Street remained closed Wednesday due to lack of power, as did CVS, Shop Rite, Dunkin' Donuts and both 7-Elevens. The DPW was out in full force and the majority of borough streets that were closed due to downed trees and debris Tuesday were cleared by Wednesday. PSE&G could be seen all throughout town working on …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
With most of the town, including Borough Hall, without power, phone or internet, the mayor wants to keep residents updated on post-Sandy clean-up and repairs.
Mayor Ann Subrizi reported that PSE&G has "hundreds of linemen on the ground" from out of state with 200 more expected to arrive and support their regular crew in repairing lines to restore power to more than 120,000 homes throughout Bergen County. According to PSE&G, New Milford has between 2000 and 5000 reported outages. According to Subrizi, PSE&G has also supplemented their regular tree trimmers with crews from out of state to clear the lines of overhanging branches.She also said that the DPW has begun to pick up debris and clear the roads. Subrizi asks the residents for their patience in having their power restored. According to PSE&G, power is restored to emergency services first--hospitals, police, fire and ambulance. Shelters, …
WIth trees and power lines down throughout town, Tuesday will show just how much damage Sandy wrought.
Sandy has blown out of town littering New Milford's side streets and thoroughfares with the debris of trees and branches, downed power lines, and many, many power outages. As of midnight, PSE&G is reporting between 2,001 and 5,000 customers without power in New Milford according to its power outage map. New Milford residents reported outages near Gibbs Elementary School, Berkley Elementary School, St. Joe's, New Milford High School, Brookchester and Main Street. It is uncertain at this time when power will be restored. PSE&G had to cease any overnight repairs as wind gusts reached over 45mph. Crews will begin repair work around 8am Tuesday morning. At the storm's peak, between 6pm and 8pm Monday, emergency services and the DPW were …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Utilities face fines of $2 million or more for leaving customers in the dark
Monday, September 10, 2012
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight The state’s four electric utilities would face stiffer penalties if they fail to quickly implement restoration plans in the event of severe storms, according to a recommendation introduced by the Christie administration. The governor wants the Legislature to move rapidly on the proposal, enacting it into law this fall. The proposal reflects somewhat a Democratic initiative introduced by Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee this past May, although the governor’s initiative would impose larger fines. Under the proposal outlined by Gov. Chris Christie, penalties would rise from $100 per day under the current law to $25,000, with a maximum …