For those of you (and for us, as well) who rely on our website for daily event updates and quick access to U.S. 1’s archived articles, April has been the cruelest month.

Our site — www.princetoninfo.com — went down shortly after we posted the contents of the April 2 issue online. The glitch in our system was a several years old version of the content management system that ran the site. It had suddenly become prey to hackers.

So princetoninfo went down, as did the website of our sister paper, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News (www.wwpinfo.com). That site was revived several weeks ago, but the software upgrade to princetoninfo triggered ancillary challenges, all frustrating and all time consuming.

We are slowly limping back to our feet. For a while we had traffic to princetoninfo re-routed to a blog, created by Sara Hastings (with the appropriate title of special projects). Now some of us are accessing the full-strength version of princetoninfo.com, which is still operating with a few glitches and is still four issues out of date.

To all of you who called or E-mailed to alert us to the problem, we say thanks. And be assured we are moving as fast as we can to resolve the problem fully.

#b#AARP Tells PSE&G To Play by Rules#/b#

PSE&G CEO Ralph Izzo has recently expressed frustration over the Board of Public Utilities doing its due diligence on the company’s massive Energy Strong proposal. AARP, on behalf of its 1.3 million New Jersey members, is similarly frustrated at attempts to have a multibillion dollar system hardening plan of yet-to-be-proven efficacy end-rushed around existing processes that are in place for the purpose of protecting New Jersey utility bill payers.

AARP also wants safe, adequate and reliable service, and recognizes that some replacement of infrastructure may be necessary. However, this cannot occur under circumstances that circumvent the traditional regulatory process that has long been the standard utilities of all types across all 50 states.

PSE&G must do what is necessary to maintain safe and reliable service. This is required by current laws. But what PSE&G wants is a blank check — in utilities parlance “contemporaneous recovery” — which means they get paid for work despite the fact that such expenses are not analyzed as part of a rate case. Rate cases are necessary to ensure that consumers are not paying more than really necessary as well as to ensure the company is making a reasonable profit margin.

This is the historic regulatory win-win that unfortunately, PSE&G seeks to overturn by bullying the BPU and the state. Mr. Izzo may be frustrated, but he is not the one who will be paying the bills for this massive rate hike proposal.

Ken Lindhorst

Chief Utilities Advocate

AARP New Jersey, Princeton Forrestal Village

Facebook Comments