Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Individuals should be wary of someone calling from the "disconnect collection department."
Public Service Electric & Gas is alerting its customers to a scam involving pre-paid debt cards. A 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 Tuesday. The person tells the customer that they have an overdue balance and their service will be shut off that day unless they pay their balance using a prepaid debit card. Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot Money Pak card and put a balance on it and provide the cashier with the phone number of the person who called them. After the customer provides PSE&G with the card number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card and cashes it in at …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Power companies have not done enough to coordinate outreach with local officials, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
by Joe Tyrrell, NJSpotlight.com Utility companies acknowledged communications problems during and after Hurricane Sandy, but defended their overall performance before a state Senate committee studying responses to the superstorm. That did not sit well with Stefanie Brand, director of the Division of Rate Counsel, who also took issue with the idea that the utilities wanted to spend some $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion to deploy smart meters. Brand argued that the BPU and Legislature must scrutinize utility spending and revenues before funneling more customer or taxpayer funds to them. But not all cost estimates brought a similar response. The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, whose Newark treatment facility inadvertently dumped 775 million …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The numbers are decreasing as we near the second weekend without power.
More than 3,000 people in the Somerset Hills are still without power 12 days after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. But some progress has been made, and most of The Hills development in Bernards Township had been restored, although some sections remained powerless even on Friday. As of Friday morning, 2,491 customers were without power in all of Bernards Township, down from 4,574 Thursday. In Bernardsville, 704 are without power, down from 866 Thursday. And in Bedminster, a total of 512 are without power, down from 656 Thursday. Projections from JCP&L still stand at full restoration by Sunday, and Gov. Chris Christie has said he believes it will happen. What is it like where you are? What roads still don't have power?
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Thousands are still in the dark in the Somerset Hills area.
With almost a full week gone since Superstorm Sandy battered the area, more than 10,000 people in the Somerset Hills are without power as of Sunday morning. In Bedminster, 1,712 are without power, down from 2,958 Saturday. In Bernardsville, 3,351 are without power, down from 3,729 Saturday. Finally, in Bernards Township, 7,856 are without power, down from 9,221 Saturday. These figure are as of 9 a.m. Sunday. For up-to-date information about when power is expected to be restored and how many will remain in the dark, check out JCP&L's continuously updated restoration report by clicking here. And tell us in the comments where you are, and whether or not you have power at this time.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Most residents are still without power Saturday.
It's the fifth day after Hurricane Sandy hit the region, and more than 10,000 residents in the Somerset Hills area have no power. Projections are still for power to return around Nov. 7 or so, as residents continue to deal with being in the dark. Here are the figures as of 11 a.m. Saturday: How are you dealing with the lack of power now?
Thursday, November 1, 2012
But most residents in Bedminster and Basking Ridge are still in the dark.
Despite thousands of people still being without power across the state, residents in the Somerset Hills are very slowly seeing it come back as the week continues. Here are the numbers as they stand, according to the power companies: These figures are all as of 1 p.m. Thursday. Most of Bedminster's businesses also remain without power at this point, with the schools closed through the end of the week, and the municipal building remaining closed until further notice. Somerset Hills schools have not yet released information about a closure on Friday.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This includes Basking Ridge and Bedminster.
Almost the entire towns of Basking Ridge and Bedminster are without power Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area throughout most of Monday. Bedminster Mayor Robert Holtaway said that most residents there were in the dark as of Monday evening, and Bernards Township Police said most of their residents are without power as of Tuesday morning. The Somerset Hills areas are managed exclusively by JCP&L. According to JCP&L, Bernards Township has 12,474 residents without power. In Bedminster, there are 3,689 residents without power, and Bernardsville is dealing with 3,436 residents without power. This is all as of about 11 a.m. Tuesday. How are you dealing without the power?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
JCP&L instituted new communications, repair plans after last year's major storms—will it be enough?
Two months after New Jersey residents recovered from flooding and damage caused by 2011's Hurricane Irene, the area was hit with a severe winter storm. The storm's snowfall piled more than a foot deep in many areas, and the heavy, wet precipitation snapped tree limbs and utility poles, causing massive power outages that in some cases took a week to repair. And on the anniversary of that storm, New Jersey is facing a potentially more dangerous storm: Hurricane Sandy, which has already claimed lives in the Carribean and is currently forecast to reach the area Monday morning—just in time to collide with a possible winter storm. Keeping a close eye on the storms are meteorologists with JCP&L, which says employees have already been put on alert…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Instead of starting work on $790 million project before getting final approval, how about clearing trees along power lines?
Construction has begun on Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s transmission line upgrade through Northwest New Jersey. That would seem to be slightly premature, as the National Park Service still technically has not given final approval for the work—upgrading the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line for about 45 miles, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 feet in some cases. The park service's approval is only for its property, but it is still critical, given the line runs smack through the Delaware Water Gap. And while the NPS won't make a final decision for at least a month after releasing its environmental impact statement—expected sometime this month—its approval appears to be a given. Still, it has not …
Monday, April 2, 2012
President Obama makes Susquehanna-Roseland project a priority, utilities offer money and NPS says it's OK
The seasaw that is the National Park Service’s approval process for the Susquehanna-Roseland power line upgrade has pushed Public Service Electric and Gas Co. up and environmentalists down. And it only cost $30 to 40 million. Last week, the park service reversed a preliminary opinion that the utilities should not do any work on land under its jurisdiction—parts of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Instead, the NPS’s new “preferred alternative” is to give PSE&G and PPL Electric Utilities Corp. their wish and allow them to upgrade the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 …