Friday, April 12, 2013
Borough's Zoning Board of Adjustment votes in favor of upgrading nine electrical towers.
Friday, April 12
North Caldwell is the latest municipality to approve PSE&G's plans to upgrade overhead transmission systems as part of the utility company's Northeast Grid Reliability Project. North Caldwell's Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the upgrade of nine towers in the borough on Wednesday night, according to a report in The Progress. Residents who live in proximity to the existing towers expressed safety and health concerns throughout the hearings of PSE&G's application, which began back in September. The Northeast Grid Reliability Project will increase 25 miles of transmission lines, including those in North Caldwell, from 138,000 to 230,000 volts. "The upgrade will deliver increased electric capacity required by New Jersey …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tell us your opinion about the proposed plan being called "Energy Strong."
Wednesday, March 27
The Caldwell Council unanimously approved a resolution to support "Energy Strong" earlier this month. Read about PSE&G's proposed multi-billion dollar plan here.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Utility says costs for electric, gas customers will drop—not spike—under proposed plan.
Public Service Electric & Gas officials Wednesday refuted accusations contained in a letter from five of the state’s most prominent lobbying groups Tuesday to the state Board of Public Utilities concerning its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to strengthen its power grid. The company says the plan will prevent widespread outages during major storms like last fall’s Super Storm Sandy. However, the lobbying groups disagreed, telling the board the proposed plan would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. The lobbying groups included AARP, New Jersey Citizen Action, the Chemistry Industry Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Large Energy Users Coalition, and NJ Public Interest Research Group. In a press release, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meet and mingle with mayors from around Essex County at free event.
Tuesday, February 19
Area residents are invited to have breakfast with more than 20 mayors from Essex and Passaic County. The third annual Meet the Mayors event will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell. Mayors from all 22 towns in Essex County, as well as Little Falls and Clifton, are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and mingle at this free event. This year’s speaker is Ralph A. LaRossa, President & COO of PSE&G. Only a few spaces are left for this year’s breakfast, according to Anthony Rainone, past president of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, a co-sponsor of the event. RSVP by March 16 at 973-226-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area …
Residents can ask questions, raise concerns about Northeast Grid Reliability Project at upcoming workshop.
Tuesday, February 19
A project to increase electric capacity and improve power delivery throughout northern New Jersey includes replacing 20 towers in West Caldwell, according to PSE&G. The utility company will hold a public workshop to address questions and concerns with West Caldwell residents regarding the "Northeast Grid Reliability Project” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Essex County Vocational School, 620 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell. The Northeast Grid Reliability Project upgrades existing overhead transmission lines from 138,000 to 230,000 volts and will add a 230,000-volt underground transmission circuit throughout North Jersey. Some 50 miles of transmission lines would be replaced, including the stretch from the Hudson …
Friday, February 8, 2013
No significant power outages have been reported as of noon Friday, but storm expected to last into early morning Saturday.
No significant power outages have been reported in Essex County a few hours into Friday's Winter Storm, but PSE&G is ready to respond to what could be widespread outages throughout its service area, the utility said in advance of the Nor'easter. Contractors, including tree crews, are poised and ready and additional supplies, such as poles, transformer and other equipment, are on hand, PSE&G said. The Nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow and bring heavy winds to Essex County, where widespread, long-term outages caused by Superstorm Sandy are still fresh on many residents’ minds. Essex County has declared a state of emergency, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No parking will be allowed on country roads …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Residents in the Roseland Avenue area of the borough say they have routinely experienced power outages for years.
Wednesday, January 30
Caldwell residents fed up by frequent power outages came face-to-face with PSE&G representatives Tuesday night in a town hall-style meeting arranged by the borough’s mayor. More than 50 disgruntled customers of the utility company listened and asked questions for more than an hour in the gymnasium of the Caldwell Community Center as three employees of the utility company outlined a plan to improve service. Regional Public Affairs Manager for Essex and Passaic Counties for PSE&G Everton Scott said trees are the root cause in the majority of outages and crews have already begun to work on more than 60 problem areas. “We think if we execute our plan as we’ve laid out, we’ll see some relief,” Scott said, adding, “We can never make a …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Representatives from utility company will address power issues and resident concerns.
Monday, January 28
Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing has arranged for a town hall meeting with representatives of PSE&G on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., according to a notice posted on the borough's website. The public meeting will be held in the gymnasium of the Caldwell Community Center, 1 Provost Square in Caldwell. Representatives from PSE&G will be available to discuss plans to address power issues in the borough. They will also welcome discussion from residents about their concerns. Caldwell was one of many towns in West Essex to experience widespread power outages during recent storms, particularly Superstorm Sandy. The Caldwell Community Center gymnasium will be closed to members from 6 p.m. on for the meeting. What questions/feedback do you have for PSE&G…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
High winds from Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Athena have caused low-lying power lines in West Caldwell.
A Waste Management garbage truck snapped dangling power lines at the intersection of Bloomfield and St. Charles avenues Thursday morning dragging one of the live wires down onto the truck. The 10:16 a.m. incident occurred when the truck was picking up garbage at an apartment complex on Bloomfield Avenue and hit the low-hanging wires. “The garbage truck pulled the electrical service off the building and a live wire was left on top of the truck, leaving the driver of the truck trapped inside,” said West Caldwell Fire Chief Jim Alvine. The West Caldwell Fire Department remained on the scene for two hours to check the building for signs of fire. PSE&G cut power to the damaged lines allowing the driver to exit the truck. “West Caldwell Police …
PSE&G crews are back in North Caldwell working to restore power after Winter Storm Athena strikes.
After Winter Storm Athena, PSE&G is once again working to restore power to North Caldwell. Although power went back down just as the nor'easter hit, police do not think the new storm caused the power outage. “It was thought that the problem was on Smull (Avenue) but that was only part of the problem,” said North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer. “Initially we thought it would be a quick fix, but the electrical system has been compromised by the hurricane and the problem may be more complex than we thought.” Township officials have been on phone calls with PSE&G all day, he said. Public service crews are out working as hard as they can, he said. “Yesterday I was able to report that virtually all the power in North Caldwell was restored,” …