Utilities work toward complete storm restoration

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As of 9:00 a.m. EST November 12, there are 88,882 customers without power in the affected states impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter. This is a decrease of 77,617 customer outages from 10 a.m. November 11.

The combined total peak customer outages from Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter are 8,661,527 from Hurricane Sandy and 150,276 from the nor'easter storm, respectively.

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 at here. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported November 12 that it is restoring power to scattered outages which remain in its service territory, located in Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties.

The remaining outages are due to localized issues that were not corrected when a system or circuit outage was restored, including damaged electrical service lines from the pole to a home or business. The company stated their workforce over 4,000 out-of-state workers and 700 PSE&G technicians will continue to address these localized issues.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania reported November 10 that it is continuing to restore those remaining customers who are without power. O&R's contingent of workers included more than 1,000 employees and over 2,500 utility contractors and mutual aid workers from across the nation and Canada.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy unit, reported November 12 that more than 8,400 line workers from Jersey Central Power & Light and around the country continue working to restoring the remaining customers who were without service due to Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter.

In the Barrier Islands and some of the shoreline communities where the storm devastation is most severe, the company estimates that 30,000 customers cannot be restored. JCP&L is working with state and local officials on developing and implementing a full restoration plan and timeline to connect these affected customers safely.

Atlantic City Electric reported there are still about 5,000 customers, who, because of extensive damage to their homes, cannot accept electric service at this time. They utility will restore electricity to those homes once it is safe to do so.

New York

Con Edison reported November 11 that it is on track to restore power by the end of the weekend to virtually all customers who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and whose equipment can accept service. In shoreline communities of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, the company originally identified about 30,000 customers that needed electrical equipment repaired and certified as safe.

About 8,000 of those customers have had their electricity restored. Those remaining 22,000 customers cannot get electrical service until their own internal equipment is repaired, tested and certified by an electrician as ready for service. The company is working with the New York City Buildings Department to expedite the restoration of these customers.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported November 11 that they estimate 99 percent of those able to receive power will be restored by the end of the day tomorrow. LIPA has over 10,000 linemen and tree trim crews currently working to restore power. There are up to 55,000 customers who may be unable to receive power.

These customers include 17,500 customers in Nassau and Suffolk and 37,500 customers in the Rockaways. The company stated that it has ability to provide power to all of Suffolk, a large portion of the Rockaways, and all but a very few communities in Nassau. LIPA is working with local jurisdictions to complete needed surveys to determine whether or not electric power can be delivered to customer homes in those areas.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania reported November 10 that it is continuing to restore those remaining customers who are without power. O&R's contingent of workers included more than 1,000 employees and over 2,500 utility contractors and mutual aid workers from across the nation and Canada.

West Virginia

Mon Power, a First Energy Corp. unit, reported November 10 that, in West Virginia, that restoration for customers in the most heavily damaged areas should be completed by the end of the weekend.

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