Utilities restore power to 7.1 million customers following Sandy

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Washington, D.C., November 6, 2012 — As of 2:00 p.m. EST November 5, there are 1,351,683 customers without power in the affected states. 7,159,568 customers have been restored out of the 8,511,251 combined total peak outages reported for all 21 states affected.

The following outage information was provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) and is the most current and accurate information as of press time:

In New Jersey, 756,774 customers are without power, or 19 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 2,615,291 reported outages.

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 updated restoration plans can be found here.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported November 5 that they expect to restore service to all customers by November 9, but said the majority of customers would be restored before then. There are five substations that remain without power (all in Hudson County).

PSE&G is working to get all five energized sometime November 6. The company has restored power to 78 percent of the gas stations and 80 percent of the schools in their service territory. Working with local officials, PSE&G crews are targeting restoration of power for polling stations where possible.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania estimates to have 90 percent of the customers affected by Sandy back in service by November 11. The O&R team now totals 3,500 workers — including 1,000 employees and 2,500 contract personnel from across the country — is the largest workforce in O&R history.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reported November 5 that the majority of customers are expected to be restored by November 7. Customers in the hardest-hit areas can expect to be restored throughout the following week. A number of customers will not be able to receive service until damaged roads, infrastructure and homes are rebuilt. About 6,800 professionals, including 3,500 linemen and 1,400 forestry workers, are focused on restoring power to the remaining customers.

An additional 200 linemen are expected to arrive November 5. Crews have repaired transmission lines that feed local substations. The 34.5 kV circuits in the entire northern JCP&L region, stretching from Mercer County to Sussex County, were restored last night. JCP&L crews were working with transmission linemen supplied by FEMA to restore the 34.5 kV circuits in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) stated the estimated time of restoration for the remaining affected customers is 6 p.m. November 5.

In New York, 492,575 customers are without power, or 6 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 2,097,933 reported outages.

Con Edison reported November 5 that the remaining customers in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County will be restored by midnight November 11. Restoration times by location can be found here. More than 2,000 utility workers from as far away as California are working in New York City and Westchester County to assist in restoration efforts. An additional 300 outside utility workers arrived November 4.

Central Hudson reported November 4 that they are working to restore power to the reaming one percent of customers who still have no power.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported November 5 that their team has grown to 3,300 front line and support personnel as line and tree crews are being added to the NYSEG power restoration team as they are released from utilities and contractors across the country and from Canada. More than 550 line and tree crews from as far away as Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota are on the job. The company expects that virtually all customers will be restored by midnight November 7.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reiterated November 5 that they expect 90 percent of their customers to be restored by November 7. In the areas of Brookville, St. James and Port Jefferson, LIPA stated that power restoration could extend beyond next week. LIPA also estimated that there are up to 100,000 customers from the most severely flooded areas on Long Island whose homes and businesses currently may be unable to receive power.

Many homes south of Montauk will need inspection from licensed elections in order to receive power; LIPA is working with Suffolk County, New York State, and FEMA officials to assist in this process. All substations that power Long Island's electric system have been restored.

Nearly 10,000 restoration workers, including 5,200 linemen from throughout the country, continue to work to restore homes and businesses. To further support this effort, an additional 1,700 restoration workers arrived November 3 and 1,100 workers arrived November 4. A portion of those crews were airlifted in by the National Guard from as far away as California, Washington and Arizona.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania estimates to have 90 percent of the customers affected by Sandy back in service by November 11. The O&R team

In West Virginia, 33,868 customers are without power, or 3 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 271,765 reported outages.

Appalachian Power (AEP), said November 5 that, in West Virginia, the less than 600 scattered remaining outages in Fayette, Kanawha, and Wyoming Counties will be worked on November 5.

Mon Power, a First Energy Corp. unit, reported November 4 that the majority of its affected customers in counties are expected to be restored by midnight November 9. Restoration estimates include:

November 5: Coalton (Randolph County) , Norton (Randolph County),

November 6: Widen (Clay County), Lewis County, St. George (Tucker County), Upshur County, Harman (Randolph County)

November 7: Rowlesburg (Preston County)

November 8: Barbour County, Braxton County, Grant County, Nicholas County

November 9: Webster County, Mineral County, Greenbrier County, and the remainder of Clay, Randolph, Preston, and Tucker counties.

Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. unit, reported November 4 that the majority of its affected customers in West Virginia have been restored.

In Pennsylvania, 31,114 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 1,267,512 reported outages.

PECO reported November 5 that they expect to restore service to most customers by late November 5. Those who lie in the most severely damaged areas (including parts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, should have service restored in the next couple of days.

In all, more than 4,700 employees and contractors (of those, 3,700 are working in the field) are working to repair this damage and restore service to customers. These include workers from utilities as far away as Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland and Florida. Additionally, PECO's sister utilities, Chicago-based ComEd and Baltimore-based BGE, have sent crews.

In the Met-Ed service territory, in Boyertown, Reading, Hamburg, Easton and Stroudsburg Counties, the majority of customers should be restored by November 5; the remaining customers should be restored by November 7.

PPL Electric Utilities (PPL) reported November 4 the extent of the destruction will require some repairs to extend into November 5. Backed by the largest force ever assembled by PPL, they expect to complete work November 5 in the areas of Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery and Wayne counties in eastern Pennsylvania. PPL continues to move workers into those communities as crews complete work elsewhere. Power was restored last night at all public schools and voting locations in the PPL service area.

In Connecticut, 30,608 customers are without power, or 2 percent of the population. This is down from a peak of 626,559 reported outages.

The United Illuminating Co. (UI) reported November 5 they are working to restore the remaining five percent of customers in their service territory and estimate that the vast majority of these customers will have power restored by November 7. The restoration team includes 971 personnel working in the field (482 overhead line, 227 line clearance, 164 damage assessors and 98 service personnel).

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) reported November 4 that they are working to restore the remaining three percent of customers in their service territory and estimate that the vast majority of their customers will have power restored by November 6.

The total number of storm responders is now more than 7,000, including 2,606 outside line workers from 16 states and four Canadian provinces. All public schools and the roughly 750 polling locations in CL&P's service territory have power this morning (November 5).

In Maryland, 4,155 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 311,020 reported outages.

Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. unit, said November 4 that in hard-hit Garrett County, the majority of customers will be restored by midnight November 6.

In Ohio, 2,589 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 267,323 reported outages.

Illuminating Co., a FirstEnergy Corp. unit, released the following restoration estimates November 4:

November 5: Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Brooklyn, Brookpark, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Seven Hills, South Euclid, Westlake and Willoughby.

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