Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Utility company investing $883 million over the next five years to build an additional 233 megawatts of solar capacity in New Jersey.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com Public Service Electric & Gas is hoping to remain a big player in helping New Jersey achieve its ambitious solar energy goals. In a groundbreaking for a new solar farm at a brownfield next to the Hackensack River, the company announced this week it wants to invest $883 million over the next five years to build an additional 233 megawatts (mw) of solar capacity in New Jersey. The event in Hackensack meshed well with a top priority of the Christie administration -- trying to reclaim abandoned industrial properties and landfills and converting them into facilities producing clean solar power to help meet the state’s electricity needs and creating well-paying jobs in the process. The utility’s latest proposal, …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Disaster Preparedness Conference unites government officials, utilities, and leaders of business organizations in Bergen County.
Bergen Community College was the site for Tuesday's Disaster Preparedness Conference organized by Jim Kirkos of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber and the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM). The conference was designed to provide a forum that would offer municipalities and businesses guidance and information on preparing for severe weather events. Although the focus of the conference was on preparedness for future weather emergencies, it was the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and the October snowstorm on municipalities in Bergen County, and the response of the public utility companies, that was on the forefront of the minds of local officials. During a panel discussion, United Water's manager …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Scam promises to pay or credit utility bills.
A new scam using President Barack Obama’s name claims to provide utility bill credits in exchange for personal information, including social security numbers, according to Public Service Electric and Gas. “The scam, which has been reported in a number of states, claims that President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills,” the company said in a statement. PSE&G offered the following details on how the scam works: • Someone calls a utility customer and tells them that the federal government has a program to pay utility bills on a one-time basis. • Customers are asked to provide their social security numbers to apply for the program. • The scammers then give customers a phony federal reserve bank routing …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Service restored Saturday afternoon.
Power has been restored to about 1,200 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in Teaneck after an underground cable problem knocked power in the area, a company spokesperson said. Customers were out for about an hour, said Denise Denk of PSE&G. Outages were also reported in nearby towns including Bergenfield, Hackensack and New Milford. Published 4:40 p.m. Updated 5:40 p.m. Saturday
Monday, May 7, 2012
The PSEG Foundation is partnering with Sustainable Jersey to provide $200,000 for 32 municipal projects.
The PSEG Foundation is partnering with Sustainable Jersey to provide $200,000 in grants to fund 32 municipal projects that will help make towns "more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous." Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit that provides tools, training and financial incentives for communities that pursue sustainability programs. New Jersey is the first state in the country to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training. By partnering with Sustainable Jersey, Anne Hoskins, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability for PSEG said in a statement, “PSEG is …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Scattered weather-related outages possible in the area.
Electricity in the Englewood-area has been restored after 8,000 customers lost power this morning, according to Public Service Electric and Gas. Widespread outages were reported in Englewood, Fort Lee and the southern end of Tenafly. Smaller outages were reported in Teaneck and Bergenfield. PSE&G spokeswoman Annette Hicks said service was restored around 8:30 a.m. after weather-related outages. Scattered outages are possible in the area, Hicks said. Route 4 in Englewood was closed earlier today after reports of a downed wire. The highway has since been reopened.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Whistleblowers' allegations, if true, could lead to criminal charges against NJ's largest utility.
Friday, January 20, 2012
by Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com The state Board of Public Utilities this week decided to launch an investigation into allegations that Public Service Electric & Gas improperly billed customers by shifting some of its expenses to clean energy and energy efficiency programs and then recovering those costs from ratepayers. The agency had been urged to look into the allegations, the subject of a whistleblowers’ suit filed by three former PSE&G employees last month in Superior Court in Essex County, by the Division of Rate Counsel. The BPU quickly approved a recommendation by staff to investigate the issue, with its new president, Robert Hanna, saying the allegations, if true, could lead to criminal charges. “We should begin our inquiry and see…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Representatives from BPU and PSEG talk storm issues with local officials
In the wake of Irene and the October 29th snowstorm, public officials throughout Bergen County have been asking state legislators to hold utility companies responsible for communicating real-time information in an effort to provide their constituents with answers. Responding to this, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg hosted a meeting on Dec. 13 between District 37 officials and representatives from PSEG and the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The goal of the meeting was to establish protocol that will open the lines of communication between public officials and the utility companies during times of severe weather emergencies. In attendance were Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky and Councilman Harvey Sohmer from Fort Lee whose town, like New Milford, …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
As many as 5,000 still without power in borough; parents urged to use “extreme caution” if taking kids trick-or-treating
Schools in Fort Lee opened as scheduled Monday morning in spite of the damage done by the unexpectedly early snowstorm over the weekend, but Fort Lee High School was forced to close early, with PSE&G reporting that as many as 5,000 customers in the borough may still be without power as of Monday afternoon. Students at Fort Lee High School were dismissed early because power went out at about 9 a.m., school officials said; other schools reported power outages as well, including the Early Childhood Center and School No. 1. But school officials also said Monday afternoon that no other schools were likely to close early. The decision not to close schools in Fort Lee, in spite of many other towns in the area doing so as early as Sunday evening, …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Building evacuated when fire initially caused major smoke conditions
One firefighter and one civilian sustained minor injuries Monday morning when an underground transformer fire broke out in a PSE&G vault at a residential high-rise building on Bridge Plaza North, forcing evacuation of the building, according to the Fort Lee Fire Department. Firefighters remained on scene at 201 Bridge Plaza North at about 11:30 a.m. Monday after the fire started with what was initially reported as an explosion more than two hours earlier. “We believe the fire is completely extinguished at this time, but we can’t go in until PSE&G arrives on scene and cuts the power that’s remaining to the building,” said Fort Lee Fire Chief Jeff Silver at the time. Later on Monday, Silver said it took utility crews “quite some time to get …