New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Commends PSE&G for Plan to Pay Customers for Spoiled Food from Tropical Storm Outages, Urges Utility to Do More

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator’s Legislation Would Require Compensation up to $1,500 for Lost Food and Prescriptions

Senator Kip Bateman lauded today’s announcement by PSE&G that they would provide reimbursement to customers for wasted food and compromised medications after blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.

Senator Bateman complimented PSE&G for plans to compensate some customers for spoiled food due to long power outages after the recent tropical storm. (Pixabay)

“Thousands of people went days without power and they lost freezers full of food,” said Bateman (R-16). “This demonstrates a sensible policy change on the part of PSE&G, and it is welcome news. I don’t think it goes quite far enough, however, considering the high cost of food and medicine today.”

According to a published news report, for residential customers PSE&G will pay up to $250 toward spoiled food and $300 for ruined medications stemming from the recent storm. To be eligible for compensation, customers must have lost power for up to 72 hours following the storm.

On Thursday, Bateman introduced legislation (S-2836) that would require power companies to reimburse up to $500 for lost food and $1,000 for temperature-sensitive prescriptions if an outage extends for more than 48 hours.

“This marks a seismic change for public utilities in this state,” said Bateman. “I think we must aware that some families have suffered significant financial losses through no fault of their own, and they deserve to be made whole.”

Similar Posts on SenateNJ.com

Leave a Comment:

Comment Rules: Please remain civil, stay on topic, and refrain from using foul or abusive language. Posts that violate those rules may be hidden or deleted, and repeated violators may be blocked. To prevent spam, comments with links are automatically filtered.


NJ COVID-19 Information HUB

District 16 Guide

Kip Bateman

Kip's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Kip Can Help You!

Contact Kip

Kip Wants to Hear from You!

District 16

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Kip's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Kip's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @kipbateman

Kip's Recent Posts

- Proudly Serving Parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties -