Tuesday, April 30, 2013
PSE&G has proposed statewide upgrades to its infrastructure to protect against damage from severe weather.
Hillsdale was one of 10 towns in Bergen County and 32 across the state to recently pass resolutions supporting PSE&G's proposed $3.9 billion infrastructure upgrade. Equipment at the utility's power substation in Hillsdale — which flooded during Hurricane Irene — would be raised as part of the project. The plan calls for upgrades at more than 40 company sites and the installation of new infrastructure to protect power and gas equipment against severe weather like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. "[T]he extremes in weather we’ve experienced the past two years require new, extraordinary measures to reinforce our systems before the next Sandy strikes,” PSE&G President and COO Ralph LaRossa said in a press release. Borough officials previously said …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A crew tore up the road to replace gas mains last summer.
A large portion of Washington Avenue will be closed between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for repaving Monday, according to Washington Township Police Lt. Gregg Hackbarth. The work to repave the half-mile stretch between Pascack Road and Jackson Avenue is expected to be completed in on day, Hackbarth said. The road surface was torn up last summer when a crew replaced gas mains for PSE&G. Washington Avenue will be closed between Pascack Road and Van Emburgh Avenue, Hackbarth said. Drivers will still be able to get off the Parkway at Exit 168, but will have to turn left and detour around the roadwork. Residents of Washington Avenue and affected side streets will be able to get out westbound, toward the Parkway, according to Hackbarth. He advised that…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Utility says costs for electric, gas customers will drop — not spike — under proposed plan.
Public Service Electric & Gas officials Wednesday refuted accusations contained in a letter from five of the state’s most prominent lobbying groups Tuesday to the state Board of Public Utilities concerning its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to strengthen its power grid. The company says the plan will prevent widespread outages during major storms like last fall’s Super Storm Sandy. However, the lobbying groups disagreed, telling the board the proposed plan would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. The lobbying groups included AARP, New Jersey Citizen Action, the Chemistry Industry Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Large Energy Users Coalition, and NJ Public Interest Research Group. In a press release, …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The utility disputes a claim that projects will substantially increase bills for residential and industrial customers.
Public Service Electric & Gas is facing mounting opposition to its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to harden its power grid to prevent widespread outages during major storms. In a letter sent late yesterday afternoon to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, five of the state’s most prominent lobbying organizations urged the agency to reject out of hand or delay indefinitely PSE&G’s proposal, submitted to the agency in February. They said it would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. Do you support PSE&G's plan? Click here to vote in a Patch readers' poll and make your voice heard. The concerns raised by the groups underscore how difficult it will be for the agency and the state’s utilities to undertake …
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Tuesday, March 19
PSE&G has proposed a $4 billion infrastructure upgrade designed to protect their power and gas grids. The utility would raise the power substation in Hillsdale, which flooded during Hurricane Irene. Borough officials have given their support to the plan. Five prominent state lobby groups recently came out against the plan. What do you think of PSE&G's proposal? Vote below and share your thoughts in the comments.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
PSE&G has proposed a $3.9 billion infrastructure upgrade which includes raising the Hillsdale substation to protect it from flooding.
The Hillsdale Council passed a resolution this week supporting PSE&G's proposed $3.9 billion infrastructure upgrade. The plan calls for upgrades to protect more than 40 utility installations, replacement of gas lines and installation of improved poles and underground power lines. The state Board of Public Utilities has not yet approved the plan. The Hillsdale substation, which was turned off during Hurricane Irene in 2011 because it flooded, has been included in PSE&G's plan. Before the vote this week, Council President Tom Kelley asked if the project would worsen flooding downstream, noting that the borough has made an effort to investigate United Water's plan to upgrade the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir Dam for the same reason. Mayor Max …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Seven power substations and one gas metering facility in Bergen County will be fortified against storms as part of the plan, which was developed after Hurricane Sandy caused extensive power outages.
PSE&G announced a $3.9 billion planWednesday which the utility said will "proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems against increasingly frequent severe weather conditions" like Hurricane Sandy. The upgrades will help make PSE&G's easier to restore after storms cause outages and "modernize" its gas distribution, according to a company press release. The plan includes an upgrade for the Hillsdale substation on Patterson Street, which flooded during Hurricane Irene. More than 40 installations across New Jersey would be protected as part of the plan, including seven power substations and one gas metering and regulating facility in Bergen County to be "raised or fortified." Besides Hillsdale, the Bergen facilities are …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The borough council voted in favor of the state Board of Public Utilities investigating PSE&G and other utilities for their response to Hurricane Sandy.
The Hillsdale Council voted 5-1 in favor of a resolution this week calling for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to investigate PSE&G and other power companies for their response to Hurricane Sandy. "The more attention they have to pay to the BPU, the better off our residents are," Councilman Doug Frank said. Some residents have criticized New Jersey's power companies for their response to the storm. In Bergen County, some residents were without power for almost two weeks. Councilman Tom Kelley — who works for Verizon and also responded to downed lines during the storm — said he believed there may have been some issues with PSE&G's management during the storm, but that it was not fair to condemn the whole company and its workers. "…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
More than 90 percent of Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale customers had power by Thursday morning, according to the company.
The majority of PSE&G customers in Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale had their power restored by Thursday morning, according to data released by the company. They projected that all customers would have power back Saturday. There were still 70,000 PSE&G customers without power from Hurricane Sandy and another 40,000 who lost it from the Nor'easter Wednesday. Locally, 178 Hillsdale, 154 Washington Township and 110 Westwood customers did not have power, down significantly from the thousands who were out after Hurricane Sandy brought high winds through the area. More than half of the remaining customers without power were scheduled to be restored Thursday. Residents around the area reported off-and-on power outages lasting no more …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Local government officials said PSE&G's proposed rate increase will be used to subsidize their own solar program expansion.
Local officials are opposing a proposed rate increase from PSE&G which they said will subsidize the cost of new solar panels required by state law for the utility. The town councils of Hillsdale, Washington Township and Westwood all passed resolutions to formally object to the rate increase during recent meetings. Officials said they would appeal to the state Board of Public Utilities to not allow the increase. The board has the final say in rates and determines the rate of return utilities will see on their investments. Westwood officials said that area residents reducing the amount of power they use has eaten away at PSE&G's profits. Westwood Administrator Robert Hoffmann said the utility wants the state to mandate a higher rate of …