Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A gas line was accidentally struck during construction causing road closure and traffic delays.
A gas line was struck near 809 Franklin Ave. Tuesday and the road was closed for a number of hours. Franklin Lakes Fire Department and PSE&G responded quickly and secured the scene. Franklin Lakes Police Department was also on scene for much of the afternoon to help guide traffic. FLPD believes that it was an isolated accidental incident and does not expect this problem to cause any further road closures.
Wednesday, March 20, 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 take part 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 …
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Upgrades aimed at modernizing electricity grid after Sandy left widespread outages in the area.
Thursday, February 21
By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com Is it time to invest nearly $4 billion in ratepayer subsidies to help modernize the power grid to avert widespread outages from extreme weather, such as Hurricane Sandy? If the state’s largest utility gets its way, the answer is "Yes," at least according to a filing yesterday with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The proposal -- courtesy of Public Service Electric & Gas -- is likely to kindle a fiery debate over how the state should respond to Sandy and at what cost to consumers. The filing comes at a time when the state’s utilities are under enormous pressure to reduce long outages caused by extreme weather, while the Christie administration is struggling to find ways to reduce energy bills, which …
Monday, November 12, 2012
How did the Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes and Oakland do in the face of this "unprecedented disaster?"
Monday, November 12, 2012
Throughout Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath in Wyckoff, township officials kept in contact with PSE&G and Orange & Rockland, the borough website and a new OEM Facebook page to keep in contact with residents. Oakland and Franklin Lakes used similar methods to keep in touch with an anachronistically isolated citizenry. Throughout the storm, officials commended the work of emergency responders, and online resources such as the municipal web pages became integral tools for important updates on power outages, dry ice distributions, school closings and more. Many Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes residents went without power for an extraordinary amount of time — up to 12 days for those in the most extreme cases — and many of the township's businesses …
Friday, November 9, 2012
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Friday, November 9, 2012
Eleven days after Hurricane Sandy toppled trees and severed branches, knocking out power for more than 90 percent of the township, everyone in Wyckoff has power again, representatives from PSE&G and Orange & Rockland are telling officials here. The Wyckoff Office of Emergency Management Friday told residents that despite the claims of the energy companies, "The Township of Wyckoff has no independent way to confirm this information, other than have residents contact us if they remain without power." The OEM suggests that residents without power contact the Wyckoff Police Department at 201-891-2121, as well as their electricity provider: A police officer will respond to your home to assist in determining the specific problem that needs to be…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Additional, brief, outages were reported on Wednesday afternoon in a large section of Wyckoff east of Route 208.
Lights have gone back on for nearly 90 percent of Wyckoff, but an approaching stormfront could spell trouble for township residents just reacclimatizing to life in the 21st century. As of Monday morning, approximately 85 to 90 percent of residents have power again after Hurricane Sandy, Wyckoff Mayor Chris DePhillips said in a message to residents Wednesday. "I continue to press PSE&G and Orange & Rockland, and the presidents of those companies, to get the job done and get power restored to all 17,000 of our residents," DePhillips said. "I have urged the utilities in the strongest possible terms to keep crews coming into Wyckoff to move us from 85 percent to 90 percent restoration to 100 percent restoration." But a winter weather …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
But, Scott Fisher says, crews from as far away as California are risking their lives to help residents regain power after Hurricane Sandy.
The dire problems that have caused many township residents to be stranded in their cold, dark homes for more than a week began with an infrastructure crisis so pervasive that one municipal veteran is claiming that he's never seen anything like it in 25 years on the job. Wyckoff's Department of Public Works Chief Scott Fisher told residents at a public meeting Monday night that his men have been working non-stop with utility crews from around the country since Hurricane Sandy devastated the electrical infrastructure here, yet complete destruction around Bergen County caused expansive delays. "I thought I'd seen it all last year," Fisher said, referring to the snow storm last October. "[But] this time was a whole different event." "[The …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
DePhillips: "They need to explain why things are taking so long, and why things are moving at a snail's pace."
In Wyckoff, where it is estimated that more than 3,000 families are still without power Sunday, the township's mayor expressed his lingering frustration with the response of utility companies. Anger boiled over Saturday when the New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office released a timetable revealing several utility companies' forecasts for restoring power across the state. The township was listed on the timetable, which included only a timetable for PSE&G but not Orange & Rockland, but no restoration plans were revealed. "This is outrageous," DePhillips said Sunday afternoon. "You can't not have crews here when people are freezing in their homes." In an interview with Chris DePhillips Sunday, the mayor revealed that he had heard on Saturday…