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March 6, 2018

PSE&G prepares for second round of wintry weather

(NEWARK, N.J. – March 6, 2018) With power to all customers affected by Friday’s nor’easter fully restored, PSE&G is preparing for a second round of wintry weather that has the potential to bring down additional trees and power lines.

By Sunday evening, the state’s largest utility had restored power to 99.9 percent of the more than 175,000 customers affected by the storm, with the last customer back in service Monday night.

“Snow by itself normally doesn’t cause power outages,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “But wind gusts and the heavy, soggy snow predicted for Wednesday could topple trees -- already in a weakened state -- and bring down nearby power lines with them. We also have some locations where we have made temporary repairs that won’t be permanently fixed in time for this next storm. Nevertheless, we will be prepared to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”

Latka said the snow could also cause motorists to veer off the road and strike utility poles. “We urge our customers to prepare for the storm today and stay off the road tomorrow, if possible,” he said.

PSE&G will have personnel ready to respond to any outages and emergencies beginning Tuesday night. The utility is also ensuring that additional supplies, including poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand. Employees work closely with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:

  • Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.

Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Also, customers can report outages at or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.



Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population.  PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.  PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company.

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