PSE&G Responds to Cold Weather Challenges

(NEWARK, NJ – Jan. 7, 2015) – With frigid weather gripping the region, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is monitoring its gas system and taking steps to ensure it can meet the demands of customers. These steps include maintaining and adjusting pressure at various points in our system.

The utility also has extra personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and handle emergency requests. Both PSE&G’s appliance service business and call centers are prepared to respond to an influx of customer “no heat” calls as temperatures remain extremely low during the next few days.
 

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JCP&L Completed More Than 160 Infrastructure Projects in 2014 to Help Enhance Service Reliability

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Jan. 7, 2015 -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) completed more than 160 infrastructure projects and other work in 2014 to help enhance service reliability to its 1.1 million customers in northern and central New Jersey.

"About $250 million was budgeted in 2014 for these projects that help enhance day-to-day service reliability for our customers along with maintaining our system's capability to handle future load growth," said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L.  "When measuring the average outage duration for customers for 2014, our results show a 17 percent improvement compared to 2013 results, which we can largely attribute to the infrastructure work that has been done this year, and in previous years, to make our system more robust."

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Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide is a lot like an elusive criminal -- it's highly dangerous and you can't see or smell it. In fact, it's often called "the silent killer."

You can protect your family from the dangers of this deadly gas by taking preventive measures and by learning to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Check out the following safety tips to keep your home safe from the build up of dangerous carbon monoxide. If you need more information about carbon monoxide poisoning and prevention, call the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

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Aqua New Jersey Wrapping Up $13 Million 2014 Infrastructure Improvement Program

HAMILTON, N.J., Dec 11, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aqua New Jersey (Aqua) today announced that the company is approaching the completion of its $13 million 2014 infrastructure improvement program, which included the replacement of 18,370 feet—approximately 3.5 miles—of water mains among other components.

In most cases, old smaller diameter cast iron main was replaced with new, larger 8-inch ductile iron main, which is the material of choice for water mains in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. Some of the larger main replacements that have been or will be completed as part of Aqua’s program are listed below.

 

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ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC SUPPORTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — On behalf of the PHI Community Foundation, Atlantic City Electric — through its Ninth Annual Charity Golf Classic — has donated $46,000 to support the School Based Programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, and BBBS of Cumberland and Salem counties.

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Electric utilities hunt 'hazard trees'


In an effort to reduce power outages, state regulators announced Wednesday a pilot program to take care of hazardous trees on private and public property.

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PSEG CHIEF: ENERGY EFFICIENCY BENEFITS CONSUMERS, UTILITIES, ENVIRONMENT, JOBS

At most recent NJ Spotlight Roundtable, Izzo’s keynote outlines multiple benefits to cutting power consumption

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New Jersey Surcharge Enables Utilities To Upgrade Infrastructure

An extra charge that showed up on New Jersey water bills a couple years ago has enabled utilities to invest millions in infrastructure.

United Water, the major provider in North Jersey, has spent $32 million on upgrades, according to The Record.

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Learning From Superstorm Sandy: PSE&G Improves Infrastructure, Communications and Logistics

(Newark, N.J. – Oct. 28, 2014) Superstorm Sandy was the most powerful and destructive storm in Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s 111-year history, causing more than 2 million PSE&G customers to lose power. In the two years since the storm, PSE&G, which serves nearly three-quarters of New Jersey’s population, continues to make significant improvements to its infrastructure, communications and logistics that will keep more customers in service during a storm, and restore service faster in the aftermath.

”During the two-week period following Sandy, we made more than 2 million electric service restorations -- a record for any utility in the country,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G.  “Nearly half of our outages were caused by switching and substations that flooded due to the storm surge. Water ranging from 4 to 8 feet inundated our facilities -- including some that had never been submerged in all their years of operation.”

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Programs Available to Help Customers Manage Winter Energy Costs

Application period is open for LIHEAP and other energy assistance programs for those who qualify.

UNION, NJ – Oct. 6, 2014 – This past winter, Elizabethtown Gas customers received more than $8 million in financial assistance from various energy assistance programs due, in part, to last year’s prolonged winter conditions, higher than normal natural gas usage required to meet heating needs and resulting higher energy costs.

Elizabethtown Gas wants to once again help customers prepare for the winter heating season and encouraging them to take advantage of programs available to help manage their natural gas bills:

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