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PSE&G Keeping the Lights on in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, PSE&G  was doing some work on the corner of Chestnut street and Franklin avenue in Ridgewood’s central business district on Tuesday . The Ridgewood Police were busy directing traffic and keeping pedestrians safe .

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GLEN ROCK ANNUAL UTILITY POLE INSPECTION

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Glen Rock NJ, PSE&G has hired a contractor (Osmose Utility Services, Inc.) to perform annual pole inspections for the 2018-2019 term. The purpose of the inspections is to help ensure the safety and reliability of the electric distribution system, extend the life-cycle of the poles, and reduce maintenance and replacement costs.

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So Why Don’t We Bury Utility Lines ?

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Ridgewood NJ, Each year, hurricanes, snowstorms, and an assortment of other weather events destroy above-ground utility poles. Heavy snow and ice can snap wires. More commonly, ferocious winds topple utility poles themselves, or uproot neighboring trees, which drag nearby wires down with them. In Ridgewood and much of Bergen County we have seen trees fall on power lines  causing outages . this morning  post on a tree falling in the Radburn section of Fair Lawn  taking out power to several homes is just the latest example . The Ridgewood Fire Department has recently sent out a memo urging resident to avoid fallen power lines .

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Ridgewood Police closed portions of Franklin Turnpike after a Utility Pole Became Unstable

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Ridgewood NJ, A utility pole became unstable on Wednesday morning, 09/26, as a result of excavation work associated with the construction of a new 7-11 store at 657 Franklin Turnpike, Ridgewood. Ridgewood Police closed portions of Franklin Turnpike, East Glen Avenue, and an entrance/exit ramp to Route 17 southbound until workers from PSE&G were able to replace/stabilize the pole. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Traffic Alert : East Ridgewood Avenue Paving Schedule

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Ridgewood NJ, Traffic Alert: PSE&G has hired a contractor to restore the pavement on E. Ridgewood Avenue. They will begin milling E. Ridgewood Avenue, starting at Maple Avenue , and move east on Friday, August 24th for 4 days to be followed by paving. This work will be completed by Labor Day, weather permitting. To avoid possible traffic congestion in Paramus, this work schedule was amended to these new dates on 8/17/18.

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Gas Leak Capped by PSEG in Hawthorne

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July 2,2018

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Hawthorne NJ, Hawthorne Fire Department was dispatched to stand by at the scene of a severed 2-inch, high pressure natural gas line on Monday afternoon, 07/02. The incident occurred at construction site on Braen Avenue near Sotnick Street, Hawthorne. No illnesses were reported and the leak was capped by PSE&G within one (1) hour of initial dispatch.

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Fallen Tree Leaves Several Ridgewood Homes in the Dark

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June 26,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, High winds caused a dead tree trunk to fall on a large grouping of primary electric wires and communications trunk cables at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Norman Drive, Ridgewood on Monday morning, 06/25. Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel responded to the incident. Several homes in the area were without electric power until it was restored by PSE&G. A PSE&G contracted tree service removed and disposed of the tree.

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Driver Taken into Custody in Paramus after Sunday Morning Route 17 Crash

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June 25,2018

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Paramus NJ The uninjured driver of a white colored, BMW, 4-door sedan with NY license plates was taken into custody by Paramus Police after his vehicle crashed head on into a utility pole on Route 17 northbound near Powers Drive, Paramus on Sunday morning, 06/24. The right travel lane and right hand shoulder were closed following the crash to facilitate repairs to the damaged utility pole and electric/communications cables. The wrecked BMW was removed from the scene by flatbed tow truck.

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PSE&G Proposes to Lower Residential Gas Bills This Fall

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June 22,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) today filed for a decrease in residential gas bills that would take effect this fall for the winter heating season.
While the proposed lower gas rates would take effect later this year, bills for PSE&G’s residential electric customers are dropping 1.9 percent today just in time for summer. The lower electric bills are the result of the Basic Generation Service auction held in February for customers who receive their electric supply from PSE&G. The typical customer who uses 750 kilowatt-hours per summer month and 7,200 kilowatt-hours annually will pay $2 less per month, or $24 less per year.

Under the gas supply filing made today, a residential gas heating customer who uses 165 therms in a winter month and 1,010 therms annually would pay about $1 less in a winter month or about $12 less per year.
Residential gas bills are 50 percent lower than they were in 2008. Under the proposal, the rate residential customers pay will decrease to 35 cents from 37 cents per therm. PSE&G has also requested to increase its Balancing Charge, which recovers the costs of providing storage and peaking services, to 10 cents from 9 cents per therm.

“We work hard to keep our bills as stable as possible for customers,” said Jorge Cardenas, vice president of asset management and centralized services. “The cost of natural gas is still historically low when compared to a decade ago, and costs for the 2018-2019 period have decreased further.

“Overall gas prices are lower due to increased production levels, as compared to last year,” Cardenas said. “These historically high production levels are resulting in abundant gas supplies to meet market needs. All of these factors — combined with PSE&G’s ability to efficiently manage our gas supply contracts and purchases– result in further savings that we are pleased to pass along to customers.”
Cardenas added, “During the past nine years, PSE&G has provided significant savings to our customers as the cost of natural gas has steadily dropped. As a result, the typical customer will pay about $844 less per year than they did in 2008 – in addition to monthly bill credits that have been implemented in the last few years.”

PSE&G makes no profit on the sale of natural gas, passing along what it pays to its customers. If the price of natural gas increases, the BPU allows the state’s natural gas utilities, including PSE&G, to recover those costs. Conversely, reductions in the gas supply price may be implemented at any time if market conditions warrant.