STATE — About 6,500 PSE&G customers are currently without power this morning due to the extreme heat. Municipalities with more than 500 customers affected include: Fairview, Elizabeth and Jersey City. The utility serves 2.1 million customers statewide.
PSE&G officials said that yesterday’s preliminary peak demand for electricity, set at 5 p.m., was 10,804 megawatts, which is the highest so far this summer but still shy of the all-time peak demand of 11,108 megawatts set on Aug. 2, 2006.
Crews will be working throughout the day to restore power, officials said.
Although PSE&G expects to have enough electricity to meet demand, it’s always helpful to conserve where possible. PSE&G is providing the following conservation tips:
- Turn off everything you’re not using; lights, TVs, computers, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
- Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. With central air, close off vents to unused rooms.
- Delay heat-producing tasks such as washing and drying laundry or dishes until later in the day, and wait until load is full.
- Refrain from using nonessential appliances. Unplug or use only when necessary an extra refrigerator in your garage. Also, customers should consider setting their air conditioners to 78 degrees, health permitting.
To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG or log on to My Account at www.pseg.com.
Because the weather is so extreme, PSE&G is activating a Twitter page to keep the public informed about our activities. Customers and constituents can follow follow PSEGoutageinfo on Twitter or click here for information.
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