Jul 20, 2002
Line crews and support personnel from PPL Electric Utilities' work locations in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania traveled to central and southern New Jersey Saturday afternoon (7/20) to help Public Service Electric & Gas restore power to its customers.
PSE&G requested help from neighboring utilities after strong thunderstorms Friday evening (7/19) left thousands of its customers in New Jersey without electricity.
PPL Electric Utilities responded by sending 28 employees from Scranton, Williamsport, Bloomsburg, Sunbury and the Poconos. They will be working in the Somerset and Moorestown areas and are expected to stay in New Jersey until the storm cleanup work is completed.
The storms left about 10,000 PPL Electric Utilities' customers without power, mainly in the Allentown and Lancaster areas. All of those customers affected by the storm were back in service by Saturday afternoon.
PPL Electric Utilities provides assistance to other utility companies when it is able to do so without affecting its ability to respond to its 1.3 million customers in 29 counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania.
Already this summer, PPL Electric Utilities has provided line crews to help utilities in Pittsburgh and Baltimore restore service to customers following storms.
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation controls or owns more than 10,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity to nearly 6 million customers in Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom and Latin America.
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