Monday, April 29, 2013
PSE&G says downed tree caused the outage.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Monday, April 29
A downed tree knocked out power to 650 Public Service Electric and Gas customers Monday afternoon in Teaneck, a company spokeswoman said. The outage was reported around 4:52 p.m. after the tree fell on Lucy Avenue, according to the company. Power was fully restored by 6:15 p.m. Additional details were not immediately available.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Traffic lights knocked out Monday morning
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Monday, April 8
Update: Power was restored a short time later. The cause was not immediately clear. Power was out along a section of Cedar Lane Monday morning. Traffic lights were reported out at intersections with River Road, Larch Avenue and Catalpa Avenue. Readers also reported power out in Hackensack. The outage was reported shortly before 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
PSE&G project will also bring aesthetic improvements, company says.
Utility company work designed to improve the reliability of electricity service in the Teaneck-area is slated to be finished by January 2014, a PSE&G spokeswoman said Tuesday. PSE&G is working to upgrade its substations on Palisade Avenue, near the Richard Rodda Center, and another facility at the Teaneck-Bergenfield border, company officials have said. Work on overhead and underground lines has also been ongoing. In the Palisade Avenue upgrade, PSE&G brought in a large temporary substation to prevent any outages during the work, according to Barbara Lynch, a spokeswoman for the project. While the work will boost the aging stations capacity, Lynch noted the company also planned cosmetic improvements to the site. The station will no …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Company will remove 30 nests in the area, report says
PSE&G crews this week will remove 30 monk parakeet nests from utility poles in Fort Lee, Leonia and Edgewater, northjersey.com reported Wednesday. The birds were blamed with causing a power outage in December that impacted 3,400 customers in Leonia, Englewood Cliffs and Teaneck. Utility company officials say the removals are needed to prevent more electrical outages and short outs. Although PSE&G and parakeet supporters have clashed, this year's removal effort brought more collaboration, the report said. The birds are being removed in more mild weather. “This is probably the most ideal week to remove the nests,” Alison Evans-Fragale, of the Edgewater Parrot Society told the newspaper. “It will give the birds enough time to rebuild the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
More aggressive vegetation management could help keep lights on, trees off power lines
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 7 million people were left without electricity -- many of them because more than 100,000 trees around New Jersey fell on power lines. If the state is going to avert widespread outages during major storms in the future, it needs to be a lot more aggressive about how utilities trim trees. That issue is emerging as a top priority of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Legislature, and the four electric utilities operating franchises across the state. The state regulatory agency has ordered the utilitiesand its staff to establish a working group to identify an improved tracking system to identify what kind of trees are liable to fall on power lines; whether they are live, diseased or dead; and …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The hard questions aren't going away, and it appears as if the agency needs to come up with better answers
It’s been quite a while since the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities appeared before the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, but staffers showed up yesterday to talk about what they were doing to improve the utilities’ response to major storms, such as Hurricane Sandy. It may be some time before they show up again. Kristie Izzo, secretary for the BPU, was peppered with tough questions again and again from committee members dealing with the agency’s efforts to improve communication between utilities, customers, and local officials during extreme weather. That has been a recurring complaint not just throughout the recent superstorm, but also during events in 2011, like Hurricane Irene and a rare October snowstorm. In …
Monday, February 25, 2013
BPU proposal calls for quarterly reports about equipment failures, more aggressive tree trimming
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight The state is looking to step up reporting requirements for New Jersey’s four electric utilities in the aftermath of the recent major storms that left millions of homes and businesses without power, many for a week or more. Beyond requiring more frequent and detailed reports of what and how often equipment fails during power outages, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities also may implement more aggressive efforts to trim trees and vegetation, which can also contribute to outages. The proposal, still a work in progress, is the latest undertaken by the regulatory agency in response to the huge storms that blasted New Jersey over the past 18 months, blacking out large portions of the state. The outages have led …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Up to 2,000 lost power in Teaneck Sunday morning.
A circuit problem at a Public Service Electric and Gas substation in Ridgefield caused a power outage impacting more than 5,000 customers in towns including Teaneck and Ridgefield Park Sunday morning, a spokesman said. Power went out at 9:17 a.m. and was restored by 10:27 a.m., said Fran Sullivan, the PSEG spokesman. Up to 2,000 Teaneck customers were without service during the outage, according to the company's outage map. Outages were also reported in Bogota, Dumont and Moonachie. Updated 11:20 a.m. Sunday
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Township releases list of areas impacted by the planned temporary outages.
An hour-long power outage planned in Teaneck has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, according to a township statement issued Wednesday. PSE&G had announced crews would shut down service Saturday morning, however, the outage was rescheduled for the next day at 8 a.m. The outage is required while PSE&G completes "major improvements" to local electric supply lines, the township said. A PSE&G spokeswoman did not immediately have details on the work or number of customers expected to be impacted by the outage. The company has been working on several infrastructure upgrades in Teaneck. "Should the weather be inclement on Sunday, December 16th, the interruption of service will be on Saturday, December 22nd from 8 to 9 a.m. regardless of …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
PSE&G says weekend service interruption is needed to complete power supply upgrades.
Public Service Electric and Gas plans to temporarily shut down power in sections of Teaneck Saturday to conduct “major improvements” on the area’s electricity supply, according to a statement issued by the township Monday. The specific areas of town were not immediately released, but the company planned to turn off service for an hour starting at 8 a.m., the statement said. “During the changeover to the new system, electrical service will be interrupted. If weather is inclement on Dec. 15, then the interruption of service will occur on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 8 to 9 a.m. regardless of weather conditions,” the statement said. Fire and burglar alarms could be triggered by the outage. Alarm companies should be alerted to the service interruption…