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Joeski1

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:29:12 AM

NEW YORK — Public Service Electric and Gas is estimating the cost of restoring power after Superstorm Sandy and a subsequent nor’easter at between $250 million and $300 million.

The vast majority of that cost will almost certainly be borne by the utility’s customers in the form of higher rates in future years.
PSE&G, New Jersey’s largest utility, says 1.7 million of its electric customers were without power during the course of the storm — the most in the utility’s history.
The storm also caused severe damage to its infrastructure. The Newark company, a unit of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., or PSEG, says it had to replace 1,000 transformers after the storm. Its crews are still working to repair its system.
The utility will ask regulators for permission to recover restoration
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 7:53:52 PM

In the grand scheme of things, $300 million is not that big a deal.
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eschroth442
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 10:19:12 AM

the customers deserve a credit for the losses due to being without power.The sump pumps that couldn't function and let basements flood
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 1:52:13 AM

hopefully the restoration will be more storm proof
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:16:23 PM


Until the US gets serious about dealing with global warming that dramatically changes the climate, we can expect more storms like Hurricane Sandy to come more frequently.
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bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:03:30 PM

Rockyguitar,liked your comment
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MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:13:06 PM

They should already have priced some of the catastrophe losses in their rates. But they will undoubtedly try to raise rates to cover the entire cost.
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crep1291
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 2:17:59 PM

Hopefully they will rebuild the network a bit more robust.
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mfgendron
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:39:01 PM

headache.
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:35:47 PM

That's why ratepayers=insurance policy for utilities. There must be some way that cost is carried by the utility and not the ratepayer.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:18:11 PM

Only 300 million? The damage to the grid because of Hurricane Ike in 2008 was over 650 million in the CenterPoint service area alone!
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Dr Gas
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:21:35 PM

Rockguitar -
That is priceless !!!!!!

Typical - if it doesn't effect "that group" it's not important !
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ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:28:40 AM

The price would not be that high if the grid would have been kept up with.
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Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:43:04 AM

Where's the celebrity shouting, "Obama hates white people!"???????????
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:22:01 AM

part of cost living there
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gbs1
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:10:28 AM

If they don't get a federal government bailout
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Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:08:43 AM

Sounds like someone is expect billions in "free Obama dollars " at no cost to you !!
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:04:39 AM

On the flip side I think a lot of people didn't use any power for quite a while so that should help the pocketbook
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:48:41 AM

Of course the customers should pay that bill.
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:42:51 AM

somebody's got to pay for it.
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angel4me
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:42:33 AM

expected billions.....
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Mark8601
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:24:22 AM

money, money,money!
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fora_7
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:23:20 AM

Yeah, who will pay??
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:06:02 AM

Excellent, said Mr. Burns! .....funny and true
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:58:57 AM

Ouch!
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fjkcpa
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:57:45 AM

It's always something...
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roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:51:02 AM

Certainly the customers will pay as it is the cost of doing business for the utilities.
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:47:47 AM

Somebody is going to pay!
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rbrk02
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:41:57 AM

No doubt that bills will increase.

amoshins, well reasoned and stated comment.
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7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:40:10 AM

Crazy!!
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HoosierDaddyKY
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:38:21 AM

Excellent, said Mr. Burns!
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Eagle3236
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:37:50 AM

Yes, it looks like those customers will be paying higher bills. I am sure they are glad to have electricity again. Praying for all those affected by the storm.
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:35:42 AM

So if PSE&G can recover 85% of its costs (assuming this is without rate increases), then they should be allowed rate hikes to cover only 15% of them minus the penalties incurred by taking too long to restore power to some folks.

Also, I want a refund from PSE&G for the time I was without electric & gas...It's only fair if they are looking to increase rates to recover restoration costs.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:30:24 AM

Look out!!

That bill is coming!!

Gotta have it all ready for the next big one!!
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