PSE&G storm update – Nov. 4, 2012 at 9pm


We are reading media reports about people who have become ill or died from carbon monoxide poisoning or fires resulting from the use of generators in their homes. Anyone using portable electric generators must be sure to carefully read and follow the manual that came with the generator. Be sure your generator is UL-approved, installed by a licensed electrician and inspected by your local electrical inspector. There must be a way to physically disconnect your generator from utility lines. Customers who improperly install, operate or maintain a generator are risking their lives and the lives of their neighbors and utility workers.

Outage update: PSE&G continues to make progress restoring customers. About 78 percent of the 1.7 million customers affected by Hurricane Sandy have been restored. The number of customers without power is now 439,000. We estimate that we will be able to restore power to nearly 100,000 customers in the next 24 hours.

We have now restored 95 percent of our customers in our Southern region that includes portions of Burlington , Mercer, Camden and Gloucester counties. As work is completed, crews in South Jersey will be reassigned to work in other parts of the state.

There are five substations that remain without power, all in Hudson County . We hope to have three of them restored and energized tonight. We expect the final the other two substations to be back tomorrow. As we have explained, restoring the substations is a critical step in allowing us to power the distribution systems that bring electricity to customers’ homes.

At the request of the Governor, we have provided details on our work plan that are available on our website ( Note that the plan is a snapshot in time showing the estimated number of customers expected to be restored based on work currently assigned and will change based on emerging conditions and the need to reprioritize work.

Some current restoration statistics:

We have restored power to all refineries, and 78 percent of the gas stations in our service territory have power.

80 percent of schools in our service territory have power.

We are working with local officials to target restoration of power for polling stations where possible.