Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ninety percent of mainland homes expected to be restored by Sunday.
Barrier island communities may have to wait more than a week to see power restored, but some 90% of mainland homes will likely be restored by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 4, according to officials with Atlantic City Electric. At the peak of the Hurricane Sandy, more than 220,000 customers lost power, and as of this morning, about half of those were back on line, according to a statement from the company. Officials noted that damage assessments in the barrier island communities continue and are expected to be completed today, but that restoring electric service to these communities "may require more than a week." The remaining outages are largely due to heavy localized flooding and related storm damage, making access to communities and the …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Thousands in Manahawkin and surrounding areas without power.
As Hurricane Sandy approaches the Jersey Shore, more than 30,000 customers of Atlantic City Electric in Manahawkin and surrounding areas are without power, and it could be several days before power is restored, according to the company’s regional president. Vince Maione noted that according to OSHA standards, lineman are not permitted to begin restoration work on lines until winds drop below 35 miles per hour, and since this is not predicted to occur for another few days, it is likely restoration will take several days to complete, possibly up to a week. The company will be resonding to downed power lines as reports come in, he said. Maione noted that Atlantic City Electric has activated all its field personnel including utility crews …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The electric company says rumors are false.
Atlantic County officials denied rumors that Atlantic City Electric will be turning off power to the barrier islands Sunday morning, Oct. 28. According to county officials, there are rumors circulating that the electric company will be turning off power to the barrier islands following the mandatory evacuation at 4 p.m. Sunday. "Atlantic City Electric has confirmed this is a false rumor," Atlantic County Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore said in a release. The islands are being evacuated ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Officials 'closely monitoring' storm.
Officials with Atlantic City Electric said they are "closely monitoring" Hurricane Sandy, and preparing accordingly. Frank Tedesco, a spokesperson for Atlantic City Electric, told Patch that the company has already begun contacting mutual assistance crews, and has been working with local offices of emergency management and the Board of Public Utilities to prepare for the storm. Atlantic City Electric employees are also on notice that they may have to perform "secondary duties," such as fielding customer calls, if the storm affects this area. Tedesco emphasized the importance of staying away from downed wires, and also avoiding crews working in the streets in the event of outages. He advised people to have an emergency management kit …
Customers will see a 1.9 percent increase.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has approved a distribution rate adjustment for Atlantic City Electric customers effective Nov. 1, 2012. Under the new rates, a typical bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will increase by $3.44 or 1.9 percent. The approved revenue adjustment reflects the rising cost of providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. Factors include the higher cost of maintaining and enhancing the system of poles, wires and other equipment that delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the company’s eight-county service area in southern New Jersey. It also covers restoration costs associated with Hurricane Irene. “Atlantic City Electric recognizes the impact …