Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The township council approved a resolution for West Orange support PSE&G’s “Energy Strong” program, resident Phyllis Salowe-Kaye opposes the support, until BPU finished its proceedings.
Tuesday, April 23
In response to a resolution on the Township Council agenda for the April 23 meeting to support PSE&G's "Energy Strong" proposal, 31-year-old resident wrote the following letter to the editor opposing support: I have resided at 527 Hillside Terrace, West Orange for the past 31 years. In addition to this, I have served as the Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action, the state's largest consumer watchdog coalition since 1986. NJCA is an organization with a membership of over 60,000 families statewide and over 120 organizational affiliates that has worked on utility issues since it was established in 1983. We are opposed to the PSE&G's Energy Strong Program and believe that the West Orange Council has acted in haste regarding the …
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, …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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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 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 …
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 …
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 …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Pleasant Valley Way to Skyline Drive has been closed.
Update 9 p.m.: The tree has been removed and the lanes reopened. -------------------------------------- Parts of Route 10 have been closed, according to the West Orange Police Department. A section of the road, between Pleasant Valley Way and Skyline Drive has been closed. A tree, carrying multiple power lines, fell across the road, making it impassable. PSE&G is on the scene fixing the downed wires. There is no timetable as to when the road will be opened.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Township officials relax curfew until Thursday.
The West Orange Township curfew has been relaxed until Thursday at 6 p.m., town officials reported Monday evening. Since Hurricane Sandy, township residents have been under at 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. On Tuesday evening, officials announce the curfew would be relaxed for about 48 hours. Although power crews have reportedly restored power to 80 percent of the township, town leaders warn residents to be careful when walking or driving after dark. Other services are slowly returning to normalcy:
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 …