PSE&G crews help Pennsylvania utility recover from devastating ice storm
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 8, 2014
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Public Service Electric and Gas
(PSE&G) utility crews left for Pennsylvania today to help PECO Energy restore
power to thousands of customers still affected by this week's destructive ice
storm. The utility dispatched 106 electric linemen and support personnel from
different locations throughout its service territory this afternoon.
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The PSE&G contingent is en route to Warminster, PA where they will receive
their assignments from PECO. They are expected to work in Bucks, Montgomery
and Chester counties for 3-5 days. The same weather system that disrupted
service for more than half a million Pennsylvania residents brought down trees
and power lines in NJ early Wednesday morning. The worst ice storm in more
than a decade impacted about 110,000 PSE&G customers, primarily in Mercer and
Burlington counties. About 90 percent were restored within 24 hours, with the
final customer restored on Friday morning.
"Ice storms are game-changers for utilities," said John Latka, PSE&G's vice
president of electric operations. "PECO is faced with a daunting task given
the extensive damage from this storm. Our employees know how important it is
to get the lights back on, and even though conditions are difficult, answered
the call for help."
The PSE&G employees are expected to work 16-hour days to repair damaged
electric lines and safely restore power to thousands of customers still in the
dark from the recent storm.
PECO reached out for assistance, called mutual aid, that allows for the
sharing of resources such as labor and equipment during emergencies. The
hosting utility reimburses for associated costs.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G has received the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability in the
Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 12 years. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public
Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy
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SOURCE Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)
Contact: Karen Johnson, 973 430-7734
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