PSE&G Transformer Hack Job
PSE&G leaves greasy, oily mess behind
You know those grey cylindrical objects near the tops of many utility poles in Hoboken (and just about everywhere that has electricity?) Well, those things are power transformers, and convert the high voltage electricity from the power sub-station (usually thousands of volts) to the standard 120/240 voltage that is usually seen within your home.
Inside those transformers, besides the “live” parts that work their electrical magic – is transformer oil – which keeps the device cool, and provides insulation between internal components.
If these things leak, it’s NOT a good sign, and should be replaced ASAP by PSE&G.
Hoboken411 reader Andrew noticed that one was leaking oil in Hoboken, on the sidewalk and even parked cars. He was astute enough to call PSE&G on his own to alert them of the problem.
They arrived to the transformer, and instead of properly replacing it, they tied towels to the line with electrical tape – to soak up the oil.
Figures we had another power outage yesterday (although that was caused by a fault at the 16th St. sub-station).
Sorry for the technical explanation to the laymen out there – you’d be surprised how many people have no idea what much of the industrial infrastructure around us actually is. Clueless.