Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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 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 undertake what …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Upgrades aimed at modernizing electricity grid after Sandy left widespread outages in the area.
Thursday, February 21
By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com Is it time to invest nearly $4 billion in ratepayer subsidies to help modernize the power grid to avert widespread outages from extreme weather, such as Hurricane Sandy? If the state’s largest utility gets its way, the answer is "Yes," at least according to a filing yesterday with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The proposal – courtesy of Public Service Electric & Gas -- is likely to kindle a fiery debate over how the state should respond to Sandy and at what cost to consumers. The filing comes at a time when the state’s utilities are under enormous pressure to reduce long outages caused by extreme weather, while the Christie administration is struggling to find ways to reduce energy bills, which …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meet and mingle with mayors from around Essex County at free event.
Tuesday, February 19
Area residents are invited to have breakfast with more than 20 mayors from Essex and Passaic County. The third annual Meet the Mayors event will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell. Mayors from all 22 towns in Essex County, as well as Little Falls and Clifton, are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and mingle at this free event. This year’s speaker is Ralph A. LaRossa, President & COO of PSE&G. Only a few spaces are left for this year’s breakfast, according to Anthony Rainone, past president of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, a co-sponsor of the event. RSVP by March 16 at 973-226-5500 or email@example.com. The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hispanic customers are being targeted.
Thursday, February 14
Montclair Township wants residents to know that Public Service Electric & Gas has altered its customers to a scam involving prepaid debt cards. The scam involves individuals misrepresenting themselves as PSE&G employees and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if payment is not made to them that day, according to the company. The scam is being reported across the country and seems to be targeting Hispanic neighborhoods. Here is how the scam works: Spanish-speaking individual pretending to be a PSE&G employee will call a customer saying they work for the company’s “disconnect collection department,” the company said in a press release. The person tells the customer that they have an overdue balance and their service will be…
Friday, February 8, 2013
No significant power outages have been reported as of noon Friday, but storm expected to last into early morning Saturday.
No significant power outages have been reported in Essex County a few hours into Friday's Winter Storm, but PSE&G is ready to respond to what could be widespread outages throughout its service area, the utility said in advance of the Nor'easter. Contractors, including tree crews, are poised and ready and additional supplies, such as poles, transformer and other equipment, are on hand, PSE&G said. The Nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow and bring heavy winds to Essex County, where widespread, long-term outages caused by Superstorm Sandy are still fresh on many residents’ minds. Essex County has declared a state of emergency, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No parking will be allowed on country roads …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A PSE&G spokesman expected to be restored to all customers by early afternoon Saturday.
An outage early Saturday morning left as many as 2,000 Montclair customers without power, but a spokesman for the utility company said that number was down to about 200 just before noon and that they were expected to be restored within the next couple of hours. The cause of the outage was thought to be a cable failure with the main line coming into Montclair, but PSE&G continued its investigation late Saturday morning while restoring power to customers, according to spokesman Everton Scott. “We’re doing two things: one is we’re investigating the actual cause, but rather than waiting until we find the actual problem and fix it, we’re picking up the customers using other feeders, so they should back on within the next two hours,” Scott said …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Electric Company official says Hurricane Sandy 'similar but a much more serious storm than Irene.'
Nearly 150,000 PSE&G customers in Essex County are still without power Wednesday morning after what officials called a "painstaking" restoration process. Power has been restored to large parts of Newark, including Newark International Liberty Airport, Elizabeth and parts of Jersey City. Newark likely experienced the brunt of outages, with 95 percent of the city dark Tuesday. That number has dropped to 35 percent, with an assessment of substations continuing Wednesday. "We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us," said Ralph Izzo, chairman and chief executive officer of PSE&G. Hurricane Sandy, said another PSE&G official, was "similar but a much more serious storm than Irene." There were more than 255,000 Essex County PSE&G customers…
Friday, October 26, 2012
The utility is getting equipment and manpower in place to help with power disruptions during Hurricane Sandy.
Friday, October 26, 2012
After the difficulties experienced when Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, PSE&G is assuring customers that they have the manpower, equipment and plan in place to make sure things go smoothly when Hurricane Sandy hits the area. According to the utility company, PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of thke storm and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to its service territory. In anticipation of the storm, the company is taking the following steps to ensure that it is ready to respond to what may be widespread power outages: Clearly, a storm like Hurricane Sandy has the potential to interrupt service, said PSE&G. High winds might cause trees to brush up against power lines, and …