WEST ORANGE, NJ - With Monday temperatures forecast to reach the mid-90s, with heat indices possibly exceeding 100, the township has issued this alert from PSE&G, which anticipates a spike in utility usage:

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is monitoring weather conditions and has additional personnel on hand to handle any power interruptions as a result of the high heat and increasing humidity expected over the weekend into Monday. The utility’s call centers also have extra personnel on duty to speak with customers.

“We have a rigorous preparedness program and we’re ready to handle the extra demand from air conditioners, ceiling fans or even World Cup viewing,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “We encourage everyone to stay hydrated and stay out of the heat as much as possible.”

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PJM, the regional grid operator, expects to have sufficient power supplies available to meet the increased demand for electricity as a result of the weather. PSE&G has made $3 billion in investments since last summer to maintain reliability and safely meet the increased demand for electricity.

“We have increased local transmission supply capacity for many of our customers, thanks to new modernized substations and other equipment upgrades,” Latka said. “At PSE&G, we’re committed to continuous improvement and providing high quality services so that our customers have the energy they need on even the hottest summer days.