DOE: Number of power outages drops to 3.6 million

According to the Department of Energy, as of 9:00 a.m. EDT November 2 there are 3,628,739 customers without power in the affected states of the Union

Washington, D.C., November 2, 2012 — According to the Department of Energy, as of 9:00 a.m. EDT November 2 there are 3,628,739 customers without power in the affected states of the Union. This is a decrease from the 4,454,650 customers without power November 1.

As of 7:00 a.m. EDT, November 2, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports all nuclear power units in the Northeastern U.S. that were shut down as a result of impacts from Hurricane Sandy have been restarted and are ramping up power output. All nuclear power units that were reduced as a result of the storm have been restored to 100 percent power.

The following outage restoration information was obtained from the DOE is accurate as of press time:

In New Jersey, 1,587,584 customers are without power, or 39 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 2,615,291 reported outages.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported November 2 that it forecasts to have virtually all of its customers restored to service within the next seven to ten days. The utility said that the majority of customers would be restored before then.

Customers who have individual flooding or downed lines issues may take slightly longer to be restored. The company said that they continue to make progress on the substations serving Hudson, Essex Middlesex counties that were affected by floodwaters.

PSE&G has assembled over 1,730 technicians — 600 PSE&G workers, 1,050 workers from across the country an additional 600 contractors to cut and remove trees. Crews helping in the restoration efforts have arrived from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin, as well as Canada.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania estimated late November 1 that the vast majority of its customers without power should have electricity restored by the end of next with final restoration occurring through the following week.

The company has restored 22 of the 27 transmission lines, all of the 17 de-energized substations 40 of the 101 downed distribution circuits. More than 1,000 O&R employees and over 1,000 contractors from almost 20 states are working on rebuilding O&R's electric system.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reported November 1 that the majority of its customers will be restored by November 7 and customers in the hardest-hit areas could expect to be restored throughout the following week. Remaining customers will be restored once damaged roads, infrastructure and homes are rebuilt.

In the JCP&L service area the storm caused damage to more than 450 utility poles and 12,000 trees have been cut and removed from JCP&L equipment since October 29. The restoration of the utility's customers is being worked by 6,400 professionals, including 2,500 linemen and 1,500 forestry workers.

Atlantic City Electric (AEC) reports extensive damage to its system. As of Noon October 31, AEC estimates 90 percent of customers in the Mainland areas (Cape May, Glassboro, Pleasantville Winslow Districts) will be restored by midnight on November 4. Those in the barrier islands who are capable of receiving power, except for Long Beach Island, should be restored by midnight November 4.

Over 300 mutual assistance crews arrived November 1 and more are set to arrive November 2. Crews from Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, South Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana many other states are assisting in the restoration effort.

Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative announced November 1 that they expect to have everyone who can be reconnected back on at the end of the day November 2.

In New York, 1,268,803 customers are without power, or 14 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 2,097,933 reported outages.


Consolidated Edison (ConEd) reported that it expects to restore the vast majority of customers who lost power by next weekend, November 10 - 11. The remaining customer restorations could take an additional week or more. Customers served by underground networks in Mid to Lower Manhattan who lost power during the storm will have service by November 3.

The company said November 1 that it has commitments from more than 1,600 external contractors and mutual aid workers from as far west as California who are expected to arrive in the next few days.

Central Hudson estimated this morning that it expects the majority of the customers without power to be restored by the night of November 3 with some restoration work continuing on November 4.

The company identified more than 170 broken poles and 1,100 instances of downed wires. Central Hudson is deploying 700 employee line personnel, contractors mutual aid crews from Florida, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported late November 1 that the vast majority of the remaining service interruptions in NYSEG's downstate service areas are expected to be restored by midnight November 4. The remaining customers will have service restored by midnight November 7. This assessment is based on newly identified damage.

More than 2,100 company and contract personnel are working on the massive power restoration effort, primarily in Putnam, Westchester, Sullivan, Dutchess and Monroe counties.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported this morning it expects to restored power to the majority of its customers by the weekend of November 10-11. LIPA has restored power to 19 of 21 hospitals, energized supply to the Ronkonkoma and Babylon lines of the Long Island Rail Road restored power to 34 of the 50 substations that were out of power.

The company has support from more than 1,200 crews from Niagara Mohawk Power Corp (National Grid), other utilities qualified contractors from as far as California and Texas. The teams are currently assisting with restoration efforts, supported by more than 4,500 people behind the scenes from virtually every LIPA department, assisting with activities such as call handling, logistics damage assessment.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania estimated late November 1 that the vast majority of its customers without power should have electricity restored by the end of next with with final restoration occurring through the following week. The company has restored 22 of the 27 transmission lines, all of the 17 de-energized substations 40 of the 101 downed distribution circuits. More than 1,000 O&R employees and over 1,000 contractors from almost 20 states are working on rebuilding O&R's electric system.

In Pennsylvania, 324,747 customers are without power, or 5 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 1,267,512 reported outages.

PECO expects to be able to restore service to about 90 percent of customers impacted by the storm by the night of November 2 and most remaining customers should have service restored during the weekend.

Some customers in the most damaged and isolated areas may be without electricity until early next week. PECO announced November 2 it has a team of 4,100 PECO crews, contractors and employees from other utilities working to restored service to its customers.

First Energy, which includes PennPower, WestPenn Power, Met-Ed and Penelec, reported PennPower and WestPenn Power are both fully restored. In the Met-Ed service territory, 85 percent of customers will be in service by the end of the day November 2, 95 percent of customers will be restored by the end of the day November 3 the remainder will be restored early next week.

For Penelec, the majority of customers in Erie, Oil City, Johnstown, Clearfield and Lewistown are restored; the majority of customers in Altoona, Mansfield and Towanda were restored the morning of November 1. Across the First Energy utilities, more the 12,000 company personnel, electrical contractors and outside utility resources are assisting with service restoration efforts.

PPL Utilities reports that, as of 9:00 a.m. November 1, roughly 90 percent of the remaining outages are located in the Lehigh Valley and northeast Pennsylvania. Estimated restoration times include Central and Sesquehanna November 2, Lehigh and Northeast on November 4 pockets of extensive damage will go in to next week.

The utility projects that customers in north central Pennsylvania, an area including communities such as Hazleton, Pottsville, Sunbury, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Williamsport, should have the last of their outages restored by 11:00 p.m. November 3.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania estimated late November 1 that the vast majority of its customers without power should have electricity restored by the end of next with final restoration occurring through the following week.

The company has restored 22 of the 27 transmission lines, all of the 17 de-energized substations 40 of the 101 downed distribution circuits. More than 1,000 O&R employees and over 1,000 contractors from almost 20 states are working on rebuilding O&R's electric system.

In Connecticut, 238,871 customers are without power, or 12 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 626,559 reported outages.

The United Illuminating Co. has projected it will complete service restoration to 95 percent of its customers before midnight on November 5.

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) projected November 1 that, assuming good weather, 98 percent of customers will have power by November 5 or 6.

The company has 1,500 out-of-state workers from as far as Texas and British Columbia assisting CL&P personnel on the restoration effort. The utility said that in severely damaged areas, workers have needed to completely rebuild entire sections of the electric system.

In West Virginia, 100,304 customers are without power, or 10 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 271,765 reported outages.

In Ohio, 68,710 customers are without power, or 1 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 267,323 reported outages.

Ohio Edison, a FirstEnergy company, announced late November 1, that all remaining customers are expected to be restored by late afternoon November 3.

In Maryland, 18,608 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 311,020 reported outages.

FirstEnergy Corp. estimated Thursday that its Maryland customers will be restored by early evening November 3, with the exception of the hardest hit area of Garrett County, which requires further assessment.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) estimated November 1 that the vast majority of it remaining customers without power would be restored by the night of November 2. Restoration may not be complete until the weekend for smaller pockets of customers or where there has been significant system damage. BGE has more than 5,600 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen, tree personnel and support staff on the restoration team.

This number includes more than 1,800 out-of-state and contract linemen, tree personnel and support staff from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

In Michigan, 10,003 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 120,637 reported outages.

In Rhode Island, 7,539 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 116,592 reported outages.

National Grid said November 1 that it is worked to complete restoration in Rhode Island by midnight November 2 with possible isolated customers being restored November 3.

In Virginia, 1,910 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 182,811 reported outages.

Dominion Power reported that it restored service to all affected customers the evening of November 1, except for a very few locations where flooding or severe damage occurred.

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) restored power to its remaining 300 members late November 1. Some of those remaining outages occurred just the day before when trees, weakened by the storm, fell on power lines NOVEC crews were assisted by crews from North and South Carolina and Maryland.

Shenandoah Electric Cooperative (SVEC) restored power to all of its member owners November 1. SVEC brought in additional manpower, including crews from six cooperatives two contractors, from Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia to facilitate this restoration. In total, SVEC has about 425 men and women working to restore electric service.

Appalachian Power (AEP), which services Tennessee, Virginia West Virginia, released some restoration estimates November 1 for Virginia, noting that Lebanon (Russell) and Tazewell (Tazewell) and all surrounding areas should be 90 percent restored by midnight late November 1 and Grundy (Buchanan), Clintwood (Dickenson) Wise County and all surrounding areas should be 90 percent restored by the night of November 2.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) had restored service to most of its member owners at 4:30 p.m. November 1. Some members may still be without power longer, as access to downed lines is proving difficult in certain off-road and mountainous areas. Remaining outages are concentrated in the counties of Greene, Rappahannock, Fauquier and Madison. In addition to REC work crews and contract resources, the restoration work has been bolstered by help from fourteen sister cooperatives in Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia.

In Massachusetts, 1,660 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 298,072 reported outages.

NSTAR has restored service to the vast majority of its customers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy as of late November 1. The remaining less than one percent will receive service November 2.

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