Update from PSE&G 88% of Power Restored.
- 88% of the more than 570,000 PSE&G customers impacted by power outages from
Saturday’s wet, heavy snow that brought down numerous trees and power lines.
Crews will continue to work around the clock until all customers have power.
- PSE&G expects to meet the state’s goal of having at least 95 percent
of customers restored by Thursday. At this time, about 67,000 customers are
without power with the majority of these in Bergen, Essex and Passaic
- This storm caused more individual incidents of damage to
PSE&G’s electric infrastructure than did Hurricane Irene. There is a larger
number of service lines that are damaged as a result of falling tree limbs.
Repairing the significant number of single lines from the poles to customers’
homes and businesses presents the greatest challenge with this
- PSE&G is using every available resource to make repairs and
restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible. Resources include 262
crews and troubleshooters, 116 line contractor crews and 240 tree crews working
to restore power. In addition to its own crews, PSE&G is receiving
assistance from mutual aid crews from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and
- Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers
of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals,
police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, schools, and
communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone). At the same time, the
utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits
serving the largest number of customers.