Nor'easter worsens outage restoration in Mid-Atlantic

The Department of Energy provided this state-by-state update on power restoration efforts utilities are undertaking after Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter

Washington, D.C., November 8, 2012 — A Nor'easter began to impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast November 7 with strong winds, rain or snow and coastal flooding.

The Department of Energy provided this state-by-state update on power restoration efforts utilities are undertaking after Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter.

Connecticut

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) said November 7 they are prepared for the impending Nor'easter with additional resources still available. Their Emergency Operations Center remains activated at this time.

United Illuminating Co. announced November 7 that their storm team remains in place and are ready to act, including a number of outside contractors and personnel who UI has kept in case of additional outages from the Nor'easter.

Massachusetts

National Grid announced November 7 that they have assembled crews that are ready to respond to any infrastructure damage in association with the potential Nor'easter.

NSTAR reported November 6 that the its crews that had been working in Connecticut to help restore power to customers of its sister utility Connecticut Light & Power returned home November 6, prior to the arrival of the impending severe weather.

Western Massachusetts Electric Cooperative (WMECo) announced November 6 that its crews that had been working in Connecticut to help restore power to customers of its sister utility Connecticut Light & Power returned home November 6, prior to the arrival of the impending severe weather.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) reported November 6 that it is preparing for a Nor'easter that may again cause power outages. To have assets in place before the storm arrives, NHEC is recalling nine line crews, who have been in Connecticut for the past three days helping the outage restoration effort there.

NHEC also has commitments from contract line and tree crews to provide help in the event this latest storm causes extensive outages. NHEC's operating districts around the state have been restocked with emergency supplies. NHEC has also postponed plans to send crews to New York to assist in the ongoing restoration there in order to have a full complement of personnel available when the Nor'easter arrives.

Public Service New Hampshire (PSNH) crews deployed to Connecticut to help with Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts returned to New Hampshire on the night of November 6.

New Jersey

The state of New Jersey released power restoration plans from Public Service Electric and Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, Atlantic City Electric, and Orange & Rockland. The restoration plans are updated daily and can be found in the "Information Sources" section this link.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported November 7 that impacted customers will be restored by November 9, with isolated pockets of customers with flooding or downed line issues that may take longer. PSE&G stated that they have one substation left out of service (in Bayonne) and are working to put it back in service November 7.

There are more than 100 out-of-state substation experts who traveled here from around the nation to help with these efforts. PSE&G has secured an additional 600 line workers who are being redirected from Pennsylvania. There are now more than 4,700 workers on the ground helping restore power including 4,000 out-of-state staff in addition to 700 PSE&G workers.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania estimated November 7 that they will have almost all of the remaining eight percent of customers back in service by November 10. The company will continue to restore power to those scattered isolated areas remaining without power in to next week. O&R team totals over 3,500 workers, including 1,000 employees and 2,500 contract personnel. In New Jersey, outages are concentrated in Bergen and Passaic counties.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reported November 7 that, of the remaining customers without power, 70 percent of them are expected to be restored by November 7, with an additional 17 percent November 9, and seven percent more on November 10.

Customers in the hardest-hit areas, who make up the remaining six percent of the customers without power, can expect to be restored throughout next week. Most of the customers who remain without power live in Morris, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The company also stated that many customers along barrier islands and coastal towns of Monmouth and Ocean counties cannot be completely restored because of severe damage to homes, business, roads, and infrastructure. JCP&L's team is made up of 8,800 professionals, including 4,100 linemen and 1,500 forestry workers. An additional 600 linemen were expected to arrive November 6.

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) stated November 6 that they have restored power to all of their customers who can accept service. There are still about 5,000 customers, who, because of extensive damage to their homes, cannot accept electric service at this time.

New York

Con Edison reported the morning of November 7 that they are working to restore the remaining 10 percent of customers without power in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. The majority of customers remaining without power are in Westchester.

Damaged shore areas in Brooklyn and Queens (Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, Red Hook, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Brookville) as well as Staten Island (Arrochar, South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Oakwood Beach, Butler Manor and Tottenville) remain a particular challenge for restoration due to the heavy flood and wind damage. Customers in those areas must have a licensed electrician to certify that their systems can be safely energized according to New York City Building Code.

Con Edison is working with the New York City Housing Authority to restore service following damaged equipment and buildings. More than 3,000 utility workers from as far away as California are working in New York City and Westchester County to assist in restoration efforts having added an additional 500 outside utility workers November 6 and 300 more November 7 just ahead of the impending Nor'easter. Many personnel came from Dominion Virginia Power, PG&E, Duke Energy, Alabama Power, Pepco and Southern California Edison to support Con Edison's restoration effort.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported November 7 that they are on track to reach their anticipated 90 restoration by the evening of November 7 but the impending Nor'easter may delay this. The company stated that restoration for customers in Brookville, St. James and Port Jefferson may be a week or more beyond November 7.

LIPA November 7 reported they have restored 43 of the 50 substations that were out of power. Over 12,000 restoration workers, including 8,000 linemen and tree workers from throughout the country, are working to restore power. Support from off Long Island continues to arrive each day, with a portion of those airlifted in by the National Guard from as far away as California, Washington and Arizona. The combination of off and on-Island resources has helped to amass the largest workforce ever for such efforts on Long Island.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported November 7 that they are working to restore the remaining five percent of affected customers and expect to complete the vast majority of this restoration work by the night of November 7. The bulk of the remaining outages in their service territory are in Westchester County, with smaller numbers in Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Their restoration team has 3,500 front line and support personnel and includes more than 650 line and tree crews from as far away as British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota are on the job. NYSEG has replaced 976 of the 1,013 poles broken in its downstate service area.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania estimated November 7 that they will have almost all of the remaining eight percent of customers back in service by November 10. The company will continue to restore power to those scattered isolated areas remaining without power in to next week. O&R team totals over 3,500 workers, including 1,000 employees and 2,500 contract personnel. In New York, outages are concentrated in Rockland and Orange counties with smaller numbers in Sullivan County.

Pennsylvania

PECO reported November 7 that they have completed their restoration to all customers affected by Sandy. More than 1,000 contractors and utility workers from throughout the country remain at the ready to support PECO employees and crews to help restore service to any customers impacted by November 7's Nor'easter.

Med-Ed reported November 6 that it has restored service to nearly all of its customers.

Rhode Island

National Grid announced November 7 that they have assembled crews that are ready to respond to any infrastructure damage in association with the potential Nor'easter.

West Virginia

Appalachian Power (AEP), reported November 7 that they have restored service to all customers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Mon Power, a First Energy Corp. subsidiary, reported November 7 that the majority of affected customers are expected to be restored by the night of November 9.

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