New Jersey Utilities Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Trenton, NJ – This year, the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), the statewide trade association for investor-owned utilities that provide essential water, wastewater, electric, natural gas and telecommunications services to New Jersey residents and businesses, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In conjunction with its centennial celebration, NJUA has launched a new website, and will return its annual conference in June 2015 to Atlantic City.  NJUA moved its conference outside of Atlantic City during the 1940’s, but wishes to celebrate its 100th by supporting Atlantic City as it strives to meet new challenges.

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NJUA Scholarships Now Available

Applications for NJUA's 2015 scholarships, as well as NAWC scholarships, are now available online.

For full applications, click the following links. 

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South Jersey Industries: SJG Files to Extend and Enhance Energy Efficiency Programs

For Immediate Release                                                                                

Folsom, NJ - South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), filed a petition today with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to extend an initiative established in 2009 that encourages energy efficiency, and in turn, strengthens the local economy.

SJG proposes to continue four of its existing energy efficiency programs and to add a social marketing and education program to run through June 2018, totaling approximately $56 million of investments that are incremental to the company's Conservation Incentive Program offerings. Since the implementation of SJG's energy efficiency programs in 2009, customers have received more than $29 million in grants, rebates and no interest loans to become more energy efficient.

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Half a million N.J. homes would get $114 credit under utility deal, reports say

By Craig McCarthy | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Atlantic City Electric's half a million customers would see some free credit if a proposed nearly $7 billion-dollar merger is approved by officials, reports say.

The deal would also leave PSEG as the only New Jersey-based utility operating in the state.

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Middlesex Water Company warns against imposters

Middlesex Water Company is urging customers to be on the alert for individuals claiming to be water company representatives.

Recently, the company has learned of incidents in its service area, where imposters, often working with another person, will pose as water company representatives, and will attempt to gain entry to a customer's home to check water quality or meter piping. Often, while the customer is distracted while complying with a request to check their tap or fixture, they will later discover they have been burglarized.

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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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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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