Monday, November 19, 2012
Met-Ed customers may be wondering why their electric bill isn't lower if they were out of power during Hurricane Sandy.
You may have gotten the most recent electric bill in the mail, or maybe the bill is on its way. You may be thinking that the bill will be lower than usual because you were out of power due to Hurricane Sandy. If you’re a customer of Met-Ed, think again – at least for the latest bill. If you’re a customer of PPL, the bill very well may be lower. Why the difference? Met-Ed uses meter readers to measure customer usage. PPL uses advanced meters that don’t require people to read them. Met-Ed needed its meter readers to help in the process of restoring power to thousands of customers in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere in Sandy’s aftermath. So Met-Ed had to base your bill on an estimate of power usage, not the more precise measure of usage …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Much of the nearby borough of Fountain Hill and surrounding South Bethlehem neighborhoods remain without power in the wake of high winds that brought down utility poles and trees Monday night.
Tiny Uncas Street lies near the border between Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. A leafy lane lined with attractive townhomes, the thoroughfare that is far from isolated currently looks more like a war zone than a residential side street, with a massive fallen tree blocking one end of it near Delaware Avenue. Four days after Superstorm Sandy struck the region, Uncas Street remains closed to traffic, with nary a PPL truck or worker in sight late Friday morning. Meanwhile, power is still out to the surrounding neighborhood, and much of the Borough of Fountain Hill. PPL crews have already restored power to St. Luke's University Hospital. Just a few blocks away, utility lines, pieces of pole and metal transformer parts litter the one block of Uncas…
Northampton County's nursing home in Upper Nazareth Township is running on full generator power, allowing for dimmed lights, hot water, laundry services and more.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Update, Friday at 6:30 p.m.: Power has been restored to Gracedale, according to this WFMZ report. Update, Friday at 5:41 p.m.: PPL Electric Utilities has restored power to all Upper Nazareth Township customers, according to its outage map. Original Story: Four days after Superstorm Sandy swirled through the Lehigh Valley, multiple generators still hum at Northampton County's nursing home in Upper Nazareth Township. One of Gracedale's four back-up generators stopped working for about six hours Wednesday night, the county’s director of human services, Ross Marcus, told WFMZ. "[Volunteer firefighters] had to make a line up the stair tower to pass out food trays to tower four [through] 10," explained Carl Strye Jr., president of Vigilance Hose…
PPL hopes to restore power for up to 85 percent of customers by Friday night, thanks in part to new PPL best practices.
There are 500 beds set up in 15 tractor trailers warmed by giant generators. A dining hall that might not be as nice as Harry Potter's Hogwarts but is almost as big and able to accommodate 500 contractors is stationed at PPL's Hurricane Sandy staging area at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. This temporary command post stems from new PPL Corp. "best practices" that are helping organizers gain two hours of productivity from each 12-hour shift the restoration-response team works. The streamlined restoration efforts are surely part of the reason PPL Regional Community Relations Director Melinda Stumpf has updated power restoration estimates to Friday night -- rather than the previous target of Sunday, Nov. 4. "We hope to have 80 to 85 …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
One Bethlehem Plaza and 485 residential customers lost electricity at about 10 a.m., but the lights were back on less than 90 minutes later.
The high-rise office building at 1 W. Broad St. and the neighborhood around it lost electricity for a little less than an hour-and-a-half this morning because a tree limb had fallen on a power line, a PPL spokesman said. Electricity to the neighborhood was lost at about 10 a.m. this morning. A Breaking News Network alert said Bethlehem police were setting up traffic control at key intersections around Linden Street and E. Market Street. Meanwhile, a Patch Twitter follower reported that power had gone out at One Bethlehem Plaza – the 11-story office building at W. Broad and New streets. The tweeter also told Patch that there was no water service to the 10th floor of the building where she works. At the time, PPL Electric Utilities was …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Learn to cook vegan with the Save the Kales blogger at Stacks in the City.
Good morning Bethlehem. Today is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Happy birthday Van Morrison, the king of Celtic Soul. Van the Man turns 66 today.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
900 remain without electricity, but school is back in session.
Good morning, Bethlehem. Today is Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
Monday, August 29, 2011
PPL had problems with its call in system, plus tips for staying safe while the lights are out.
Monday, August 29, 2011
On it’s home page, PPL Electric Utilities says that it had technical difficulties with its power outage reporting systems beginning Sunday, which may have prevented some customers from reporting their loss of electricity. If you do have an outage that has not been reported, PPL asks that you report outages online or by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). “Calls from customers help us determine the scope of outages and better direct crews to where the problems exist,” the Web site says. The utility company asks those who have already reported the electricity loss not call again for an update to keep the lines clear for customers who have not been able to get through. The power company is currently reporting that more than 20,000 …