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September 6, 2011
TRENTON - Service has been restored to all New Jersey utility customers who lost power when Hurricane Irene roared through the state. The storm battered the region with damaging winds and heavy rains that caused serious flooding. It also knocked out electrical service to more than 1.5 million customers in New Jersey. Many had service quickly restored. But thousands were without power for several days while crews worked to remove trees, and repair damaged lines and substations.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board on Friday formalized the relationship between the management company operating the center and its longtime electrical contractor. SMG, the West Conshohocken arena management company that now operates the center, says the new arrangement with Elliott-Lewis Corp., a 550-employee electrical, heating, and air-conditioning contractor, has the potential to save the center $1 million a year. The contracts, renewable yearly, are worth up to $825,000 a year to the Northeast Philadelphia company.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
Peco Energy Co. made temporary repairs Sunday to underground cables in Lower Merion that briefly malfunctioned because of a water intrusion. The utility shut off electrical service to about 40 customers for 30 minutes Sunday afternoon so crews could safely assess the damage beneath Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place, Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said. Permanent repairs will be made in the coming days, he said. - Andrew Seidman
NEWS
February 20, 1995 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vandals with some knowledge of electricity and plumbing have been plaguing Keith MacKenzie Park, leaving police with a lot of damage and few clues. Police said they had almost ruled out the possibility that youngsters were causing the damage. "I don't think it's young kids," Police Chief Joseph Clayborne said. "I don't think it would be easy for kids to yank a water fountain out of a wall. " The most recent of the four incidents occurred Thursday night, when vandals broke open a fuse box, shattered the glass covering the meter, and cut electrical service to the park's pavilion, according to reports by the park's maintenance director, Jim Carpenter.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty people showed up Tuesday at a hearing on Peco Energy Co.'s proposed 6 percent rate increase for electricity. Those attending the two-hour hearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch ranged from an AARP volunteer to individual customers who said they would be harmed by the increases. Thirteen of them testified. "I am afraid of being unable to pay my bills and losing my house," said Tracey Blackman of North Philadelphia, who said her family's electrical service was cut off for lack of payment in November 2014.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
PECO has restored power to several thousand customers affected by a morning outage in the Northeast and Monday's fatal warehouse fire in Kensington. About 7 a.m. today, about 1,400 homes and businesses lost electrical service for unknown reasons, but more than 1,200 were back on line within two hours, according to PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson. The outage included the 1900 block of Nester Place and nearby Goodnaw Street, near the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Welsh Road.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | By Richard V. Sabatini and Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three locomotives and 15 cars of a Conrail freight train derailed in Northeast Philadelphia early yesterday, injuring three railroad employees and interrupting electrical service to about 500 customers for two hours, police said. A Conrail spokeswoman said a preliminary investigation of the 2:39 a.m. accident on Conrail's Trenton Line showed that the wreck might have been caused by vandalism. The spokeswoman, Pat Linskey, said investigators determined that a manual switch along the roadbed had been thrown, diverting the 65-car train - bound from Albany, N.Y., to Washington - onto a siding near the Byberry Road overpass.
NEWS
July 12, 1992 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Several hundred households in Philadelphia and Delaware County were still without power early today in the aftermath of Friday night's high-velocity electrical storm. "It's going to take a long time to get it back," said Philadelphia Electric Co. spokesman Dick Geiger, adding that all of the company's road crews had been mobilized to clear large trees that knocked down utility poles and snapped power lines. Meanwhile, about 14,000 PE customers in the Northeast lost power for a short time last night when a cable failed at the Tacony substation.
NEWS
November 19, 2007 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Snow that started coming through yesterday brushed Bucks and Montgomery Counties overnight, while blanketing parts of northeastern Pennsylvania and North Jersey. Philadelphia and South Jersey just saw rain. (Sorry, kids.) A couple of Bucks County schools canceled morning kindergarten, and several were opening late, but otherwise the closings and delays listed on nbc10.com were in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. To see the list, go to: http://www.nbc10.com/closings/index.html . Flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were mostly on time early this morning ( http://www.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Repairs could take "several weeks, possibly a month," at the giant sinkhole created by a water-main break in Southwest Center City, a city official said Tuesday. The trouble began Sunday evening, when neighbors near 21st and Bainbridge Streets saw water spraying from manholes, then gushing into the streets, becoming two or three feet deep in places. Residents of several blocks fled their homes, and some people had to be rescued by boat. At least 70 homes sustained damage, inspectors have found, said Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.
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BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty people showed up Tuesday at a hearing on Peco Energy Co.'s proposed 6 percent rate increase for electricity. Those attending the two-hour hearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch ranged from an AARP volunteer to individual customers who said they would be harmed by the increases. Thirteen of them testified. "I am afraid of being unable to pay my bills and losing my house," said Tracey Blackman of North Philadelphia, who said her family's electrical service was cut off for lack of payment in November 2014.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board on Friday formalized the relationship between the management company operating the center and its longtime electrical contractor. SMG, the West Conshohocken arena management company that now operates the center, says the new arrangement with Elliott-Lewis Corp., a 550-employee electrical, heating, and air-conditioning contractor, has the potential to save the center $1 million a year. The contracts, renewable yearly, are worth up to $825,000 a year to the Northeast Philadelphia company.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
Peco Energy Co. made temporary repairs Sunday to underground cables in Lower Merion that briefly malfunctioned because of a water intrusion. The utility shut off electrical service to about 40 customers for 30 minutes Sunday afternoon so crews could safely assess the damage beneath Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place, Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said. Permanent repairs will be made in the coming days, he said. - Andrew Seidman
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Utilities in the Philadelphia area were frantically restoring electricity knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, though some customers were growing impatient after four days without electrical service. Peco Energy Co. says it was on target to restore service by midnight Friday to 90 percent of the 850,000 customers who lost power. It says most of its remaining customers will be restored by Sunday. Most of the Peco outages are concentrated in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In South Jersey, power companies were on a similar pace: 19,300 customers remained powerless in Burlington County; 7,500 in Camden County; 544 in Gloucester County; 5,553 in Atlantic County; 876 in Cape May County; 2,525 in Cumberland County; and 331 in Salem County.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Repairs could take "several weeks, possibly a month," at the giant sinkhole created by a water-main break in Southwest Center City, a city official said Tuesday. The trouble began Sunday evening, when neighbors near 21st and Bainbridge Streets saw water spraying from manholes, then gushing into the streets, becoming two or three feet deep in places. Residents of several blocks fled their homes, and some people had to be rescued by boat. At least 70 homes sustained damage, inspectors have found, said Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
Her father's work ethic contributed to his death in the lashing storm that swept South Jersey over the weekend, a mourning Ye Chen said Monday. The owner of two busy Ventnor restaurants, Ming Zhen Chen did not have time most days to relax and enjoy the summer, so he made plans to go night fishing on Friday. Caught in ferocious winds early Saturday, Ming Zhen Chen never made it back to shore. State police released his name Monday. After putting in a long shift, the 48-year-old Chinese immigrant, who moved to Ventnor 20 years ago and opened Tsui's Garden and Tsui's Garden II, ventured out on Absecon Bay in a 20-foot skiff with his brother and another relative, according to his daughter.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
PECO has restored power to several thousand customers affected by a morning outage in the Northeast and Monday's fatal warehouse fire in Kensington. About 7 a.m. today, about 1,400 homes and businesses lost electrical service for unknown reasons, but more than 1,200 were back on line within two hours, according to PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson. The outage included the 1900 block of Nester Place and nearby Goodnaw Street, near the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Welsh Road.
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