Sunday, October 28, 2012


PSE&G is advising residents that more than half of its customers could lose power for up to a week. Should they be allowed to put out such extremes so that they can claim they are doing everything? 

Beware of such high estimates used to justify slow service. They could have done a lot more such as under-grounding wires and shoring up a lot of infrastructure. Instead they just raise rates.

Do what a lot of Con Ed customers did years ago and complain harshly if they fall down on the job. I know our public officials won't.

PSE&G storm update – Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

(October 27, 2012 – Newark, NJ) - -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Sandy and is finalizing emergency preparations.
-- The massive “storm on steroids” as depicted by forecasters is expected to bring heavy rain, strong sustained winds and flooding to our service territory as early as late Sunday with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area Monday afternoon into Tuesday.
-- PSE&G is advising customers that based on the current forecasts, between 500,000 and 1 million of the utility’s 2.2 million electric customers could experience a power outage as a result of the damaging winds and heavy rain.
-- PSE&G crews will be ready to respond to outages as soon as the heavy winds subside and it is safe to work in bucket trucks and other equipment. Depending on conditions and the extent of damage, full restoration could take more than 7 days.
-- To aid in restoration, about 1,000 utility workers and contractors will begin arriving tomorrow from states that include Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Missouri and Quebec, Canada. PSE&G is working to secure additional resources that may be needed depending on the amount of damage and outages.
-- Crews work around the clock to repair equipment and restore power. The utility’s call center also will be fully staffed on a 24-hour basis to handle calls from customers. Other employees will assist with assessing storm damage, keeping the public away from any downed power lines and other functions that support restoration efforts

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