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Winter Storm Brings Busy Day for PSE&G, President Says

2-5-14

With the latest winter storm bringing a mix of snow and ice, PSE&G President and COO Ralph LaRossa told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that it has been a busy day restoring power for customers.

“It’s been a busy day, but it hasn’t been as bad as it’s been for some of our neighboring utilities, especially those in Pennsylvania,” said LaRossa.

As the storm made its way through New Jersey, LaRossa said that power lines went down because of the snow and ice. Power lines were also taken down by falling trees.

Many residents have lost power and LaRossa expects the majority of PSE&G customers to have their power restored by Wednesday night. Customers in Burlington and Mercer counties should have their power restored by late Thursday, according to LaRossa.

Prior to the storm, preparations were made in case power did go out, said LaRossa. Crews were called in advance and currently crews from Canada are assisting to restore power to customers.

With another potential storm on the way for the weekend, LaRossa said that PSE&G is monitoring the forecast in order to be prepared.

“With the amount of foreign crews that will be helping out in the general vicinity for the upcoming week, I think we’ll be able to handle whatever comes at us,” said LaRossa.

As winter continues, LaRossa said that the biggest lesson learned has been to continue to stay focused on tree trimming. Some talks have occurred in the past, but LaRossa says that the less branches hanging over wires, the better.