Nov 3 New Jersey-based utility Public Service
Enterprise Group said on Saturday that more than 600,000
of its customers remain without power following Hurricane Sandy,
but it has been able to restore power to some 1.1 million
customers so far.
PSEG CEO Ralph LaRossa said during a conference call that
the utility has brought all of its 42 switching stations back
into operation and has restored operations at 220 of its 240
That has helped return power to most PSEG customers affected
by Sandy. At the peak of outages earlier this week, some 1.7
million PSEG customers had no power.
"Now it becomes the hand-to-hand combat ... as we start to
work on specific towns," said LaRossa.
PSEG, based in Newark, New Jersey, has hundreds of linemen
working to restore connections to individual homes and
residential areas, company officials said. It expects to add
hundreds more temporary workers in the days to come.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Energy,
some 2.5 million customers across seven states, including 1.28
million customers of PSEG and other utilities in New Jersey,
were still without power as of early Saturday. This was down
from 3.5 million in 11 states on Friday.
Among the areas still suffering widespread power outages was
Hoboken, New Jersey, LaRossa said. The low-lying city on the
Hudson River is located across from Manhattan. Historic flood
surges knocked out power there on Monday and Tuesday, and waters
were slow to recede following the storm.
PSEG said it had large crews working to restore electricity
to areas of Hoboken, but it did not offer a specific timeline
for when the work would be finished.
Meanwhile, utility Consolidated Edison was able to
restore power to several storm-hit areas of Lower Manhattan. Con
Ed said on Saturday it has restored power to 70 percent of New
York City customers who suffered Sandy-related outages.
Among the areas where power was turned back on early
Saturday were Wall Street, Chinatown and Greenwich Village in
Lower Manhattan, although some 11,000 Con Ed customers in
Manhattan remained without power.