February 8, 2014 |
With public dissatisfaction mounting, Peco Energy Co. on Thursday mobilized an unprecedented emergency response to restore service to hundreds of thousands of customers who lost power in Wednesday's ice storm. Peco said 1,600 workers from utilities as far away as Arkansas and Canada were expected to arrive Friday to join the 3,500 employees and contractors already on the ground. The force of more than 5,000 workers would be a third larger than Peco's response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which caused more outages.
February 7, 2014 |
Montgomery County declared a state of emergency around 3 p.m. Wednesday, due to mounting power outages and damage from an ice storm. Commissioner Josh Shapiro said 187,000 Peco customers - about two-thirds of the county - were without power. Many county buildings, including the Willow Grove Annex, the Youth Center's shelter school and some of the county's designated warming stations, were in the dark. But there are other buildings ahead of them on the repair list - such asike Abington Memorial Hospital, which Shapiro said "is in dire need of getting back online and off the generators.
September 14, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL When Cindy Weinberger arrived at the Motor Vehicle Services office in Cherry Hill about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, her feeling was akin to somebody who had scored a winning lottery ticket. Lots of parking spots! Free seats in the waiting area! Then she found out why: The state's computers were down. Closing in on 11:30, she was still waiting. "It's terrible," said the 48-year-old respiratory therapist from Cherry Hill. "It's usually a two-hour wait anyway. It fools you when you see no people here.
May 1, 2013 |
This is the time of year trees are most appreciated. Streets and parks fill with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists enjoying the transformation from brown to green. Students gather outside their schools to plant saplings. Budding branches everywhere invigorate our senses and lift our souls. Utilitarian entities like power companies, also, should love trees. Cities and towns become heat islands in the summers. Urban temperatures are considerably higher than surrounding suburbs, caused by the thousands of rooftops, jam-packed along miles of streets, interspersed with acres of parking lots, all absorbing the heat of the sun. By cooling the air beneath them, urban trees reduce the need for air conditioning.
March 7, 2013 |
America's power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, but the repair bills go up every year, and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure. Since then, power outages have remained infrequent, but when the lights go out, it takes longer to get them back on. Neither the spending nor the reliability trends is dramatic on its own. But experts say the combination is revealing: It suggests that extra money from electric customers isn't being spent wisely, or that utilities are not investing nearly enough to upgrade fragile equipment increasingly threatened by major storms.
February 17, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - A power outage plunged Damascus and southern Syria into darkness late Saturday, Syria's state news agency said, while anti-regime activists reported a string of tit-for-tat, sectarian kidnappings in the country's north. The news agency, SANA, quoted Electricity Minister Imad Khamis as saying that the failure of a high-voltage line had left the country's south without power. The blackout affected the capital, Damascus, and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, which abut Jordan.
February 14, 2013 |
Paul P. Leufkens was chatting Tuesday afternoon in his office at the KEMA-Powertest lab in Chalfont when a blast outside the building shook the walls, and a blinding flash lit up the window. "People sometimes ask if the explosions frighten me," said Leufkens, president of the lab. "Actually, I'm scared when we don't feel these shots. " They get paid to blow things up at KEMA-Powertest, the largest independent high-power electrical-testing facility in America. No explosions means no business.
February 13, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern United States in 40 years and the second costliest in the nation's history, according to a report released Tuesday. The storm's effects reached far and wide, according to the National Hurricane Center report. While Sandy visited devastation on the East Coast, principally New Jersey and New York, it created wind gusts as far west as Wisconsin and as far north as Canada and caused water levels to rise from Florida to Maine, the center found.
January 31, 2013 |
After an afternoon high of 68 - just two degrees shy of the record for the date set in 1947 - the Philadelphia area faces heavy rain and high winds tonight, raising the possibility of some power outages, flash flooding and flight delays. Temperatures should then drop drastically, with overnight lows in the 20s Thursday night, when a chance of light snow continues into Friday morning. Some morning commutes might be messy the next two days for very different reasons. Today's rain could start in the city by early evening, becoming likely by 8 p.m. "A substantial squall line will probably cross the area between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and thunderstorms may be embedded in this line," according to a National Weather Service flood watch issued for Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
January 3, 2013 |
A CABLE BENEATH 16th and Market streets in Center City began smoking early Wednesday morning, prompting officials who were worried about a separate gas leak to evacuate an apartment building. The 10-story Oakwood Apartments building, at 16th and Sansom, was cleared of its residents, and 16th Street was closed between Chestnut and Walnut streets for much of the morning. Karen Muldoon-Geus, a Peco Energy spokeswoman, said that the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m., when smoke was spotted coming from a manhole.