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 …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
PSE&G representatives discussed storm response at a special meeting in Bridgewater.
For one resident living near Crim Road, it was a lack of prioritization for Bridgewater and Somerset County during Superstorm Sandy that brought her out to a special meeting with PSE&G representatives Wednesday. "Every day the percentages in other counties were higher, and the work plan did not even have Somerset County on the map until later," said resident Ann Umphenour, who added that she didn't get back power back until Nov. 10. "It's devaluing my property and quality of life because of prioritizing." Councilman Matthew Moench organized a sit-down with PSE&G representatives, asking them to provide direct information about storm response. "There was a lot of misinformation and rumors that came out during the storm," he said. "The best …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Warming center has been opened up, as some residents are still without power in Hillsborough.
The township has opened a warming center at the municipal complex to provide relief from those residents still without power following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the region last week, and the expected impact of the most recent weather event. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday, Township Administrator Anthony Ferrara said Wednesday. The opening is also one of several steps taken in anticipation of between two and six inches of snow forecast to begin arriving tonight into Thursday via winter storm Athena, Ferrara said. Residents will find hot beverages, televisions, a Wi-Fi center and the ability to charge computers, cell phone and other electronic gear, he said. Bottled water and water for use in septic…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Company said majority of its remaining outages, more than 2,000 in Hillsborough, should be restored before then.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
PSE&G, the utility company that supplies electricity to the vast majority of Hillsborough, is saying that it expects to restore virtually all of its customers by Friday. According to information submitted to the governor's office and posted on its website, the company said on Tuesday that the majority of its customers will be restored before Friday. However, the day-by-day breakdown showed it expected some Hillsborough customers to remain without power past that day. The company supplies power to 15,618 customers in the township, according to its records. Of those, 2,361 remained without power entering Tuesday, it said. That number represents 15 percent of the township's customers. According to the company's restoration plan, 1,965 of …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
School closed again Wednesday, as 36 roads are shut down throughout the township Tuesday.
The floods didn’t come, but the winds arrived, tearing down power lines, knocking over trees and leaving the township in a post-tropical cyclone induced darkness that might takes many days to relight. In their third conference call on the response to and aftermath of Sandy, township officials said the storm left behind several problems, but overall was not as bad as had been projected for Hillsborough. Instead, they were able to report that only one township resident suffered an injury severe enough to require hospitalization, township facilities fared well–with only a public works shed suffering roof damage and two police cars were damaged by falling limbs–and in the middle of it all a baby was born at an emergency hospital set up in the …
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 16, 2012
Incident occurred during the overnight hours Friday at Sunnymead Road substation.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
More than $16,000 worth of tools and electrical supplies were reported stolen Friday from the PSE&G substation on Sunnymead Road, Hillsborough Police said Monday. According to police, $16,550 worth of items were stolen during the overnight hours Thursday into Friday. The Hillsborough Police Department's Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. No further details were released.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Resident's concern for those without power prompts inquiry about electric service investigation.
David Brook doesn’t live near the mountains in Hillsborough. During Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm, his Winding Way home wasn’t as badly affected by power outages like homes on Zion Road, Montgomery Road and other portions of Hillsborough. It’s the disparity that has had him asking the township about an inquiry into the service differences, and brought him Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. “I guess it’s out of empathy more than anything else,” he said. “Why should we have good service and them not?” During a formal request made during the public-comment portion of the meeting, Brook asked the committee to investigate the actions of both PSE&G and JCP&L, Hillsborough’s electric service providers. According to state laws…
Monday, December 19, 2011
State utilities board plans to hire a consultant to recommend improvements
Last week, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ first report on the biggest power outage of the year confirmed what many in the Morris County area already knew: Compared to the state’s other utilities, JCP&L did a lousy job. Issued last Wednesday, the preliminary report gives initial recommendations for changes in procedures based on power companies’ responses to Tropical Storm Irene—the National Weather Service now says it was not a hurricane when it hit New Jersey. It also began to place blame for power outages that lasted for more than a week not once, but twice, in roughly two months, the second being the late October snowstorm. “While all of the utilities experienced challenges during these severe weather events, it was apparent …