Consumers Energy Expected to Send Additional Crews to New Jersey

Consumers Energy will be deploying an additional 25 employees at noon tomorrow from the Jackson area to help First Energy crews in New Jersey restore electric service resulting from damage associated with an early winter storm.

The additional Consumers Energy contingent, including 10 utility crews, technicians, mechanics and supervisors, are expected to provide restoration assistance in the Summit, NJ area.  The anticipated length of stay will again be up to two weeks, which will be reviewed once damage assessment activities are complete.

“While we are offering assistance to another utility in their time of crisis, our own customers can be assured that we have sufficient personnel available in Michigan to respond to their needs,” said Daniel J. Malone, senior vice president of distribution and customer operations for the utility.

The additional Consumers Energy contingent is expected to depart at noon on Tuesday from the utility’s Jackson service center, located at 1955 W. Parnall Road in Jackson.  They are expected to arrive late Tuesday evening in Falls Creek, PA, and proceed to Summit, NJ on Wednesday.  A total of 105 Consumers Energy employees will be assisting with restoration efforts in the New Jersey area.

First Energy Crews recently assisted with restoration efforts for Consumers Energy electric customers earlier in the month.  Jersey Central Power & Light, a First Energy Company, serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.

Jersey Central Power & Light initially reported that 345,000 customers were without electric service due to the winter storm.  Currently, 230,000 customers remain without service.