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Up to 5 More Days in the Dark for Some, Police Say

Several 'severely damaged areas' will need more time to restore power.

Madison Borough Police Saturday afternoon sent out a message to residents still without power: Be ready for the outage to continue for up to five more days.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, police said power potentially could be restored earlier.

Police said the Madison Electric Utility is aware of all outages and asked residents not to call the company unless there is an emergency.

The delay in restoration is related to a "significant number of severely damaged areas with poles down that require complete rebuilds," the police statement said.

Utility crews are working around the clock to restore power for those still in the dark, according to police. 

Residents can find additional information on gas and power at www.rosenet.org. Also, police said periodic print updates on power restoration will be available at the library and in the Madison Police Department foyer.

CSS November 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I find the idea that Madison has its own electric company fascinating, never knew that until I started digging around as to why I couldn't see Madison on JCP&L or PSE&G's maps. http://www.rosenet.org/gov/electric/pages/to-our-customers I assume that the city still relies on JCP&L to provide power up to a certain point and then just handles the distribution within the city... How are your rates? How are repair times in comparison? 5 days out from now does not sound worse than say, what JCP&L is quoting for Morris Township or Chatham. Currently what percentage are out in Madison?
Anonymous November 03, 2012 at 11:46 PM
The borough claims 80% have power. Rest are serious issues that need to be handled case by case. Still a fair number of utility polls to be replaced.
Peter M November 04, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I think Madison Electric does a fantastic job and the rates are probably lower than JCPL or PSEG.
VAL November 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
JCP&L handles our main feeder lines but we have our own substation.
NJTom November 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The percentage of residents restored in Madison has far exceeded the rates in other Morris County towns. Great work guys and gals.
Madison Station November 05, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Yes, not only does Madison Electric (and water) do a better job at servicing its customers, their rates are either on par or lower than PSEG or JCPL. And, whatever surplus the utility does generate is given back to the town, which helps to keep taxes in check. It's a win-win. I'd like to see some of the surplus money go toward moving Madison from a pure distributor of electric to an electric generator. I'm talkin' solar panels. If every business, every borough building and parking lot, every school, and every house and telephone pole with reasonable sun exposure, had solar panels that fed directly into the grid, Madison would have HAD power during the day over the last week. It would help to decrease the summer surcharge spikes, and it would make us less susceptible to market forces dictating the surplus fund. Then, to reduce dependence on outside generation further, replace every single borough telephone pole light with an LED bulb. They're way better looking than the orange glow lights, and they use way less electricity. The upfront costs are a lot, but I believe the long term benefits will pay huge dividends - especially as the energy market becomes more volatile.
Pat Rowe November 05, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Oak Knoll (Pine, Rose, Beech & Cedar) is back up. Thank you to the electrical team that worked until 11pm tonight to get the power on, and Mr. Codey for personally stopping by late in the afternoon to make sure they stayed until the work was done.
E. Carter November 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Cedar Avenure and that neighborhood is still without power, and no one is working there to restore electricity...How long will it take to fix the problem there?
Pat Rowe November 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I "spoke" too soon. Power went back out at 1a. Still off.
Bill Lawson November 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The upfront costs are more than "a lot", they are staggering. Excluding maintenance, a rough calculation of break even is 20 years for solar. With maintenance, the break even pushes well beyond 30 years. That's assuming Madison has the cash in the bank. If a loan is required to purchase this then the payback pushes even further. Solar sounds great, but photo voltaic cells are not ready for prime time just yet.

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