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Ridgewood NJ, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) crews and contractors will depart for Atlantic County today to help Atlantic City Electric restore power to thousands of customers affected by the fourth nor’easter this month. New Jersey’s largest utility will dispatch 132 electric line and support personnel from different locations throughout its service territory this afternoon. PSE&G already released the nearly 200 out-of-state mutual aid workers it had secured in advance of the storm to assist ACE.
The PSE&G contingent will arrive in Mays Landing, N.J. where workers will receive their assignments from ACE. They are expected to work in ACE’s service territory for the next two days.
“Although our service territory was spared the brunt of this storm, southern New Jersey wasn’t so lucky,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “We restored power to about 7,300 customers and are now in a position to assist our neighboring utility do the same for their customers. Our employees know how important it is to get the lights back on.”
The PSE&G crews are expected to work 16-hour days to repair damaged electric lines and safely restore power to thousands of customers still in the dark from the recent storm.
ACE reached out for mutual aid — assistance that allows for the sharing of resources such as labor and equipment during emergencies. The hosting utility reimburses for associated costs.