Casagrande, Handlin: “1000 times no to JCP&L rate increase”

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Public hearings for JCP&L’s proposed rate increase started yesterday in Toms River.  The Monmouth County hearing is on April 24 at the Freehold Township Municipal Building.

Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande (R-11) and Amy Handlin (R-13) have already gathered 1300 constituent signatures on a petition opposing the JCP&L rate increase.  The petition will be submitted to the Board of the Public Utilities at the Freehold hearing.

“Our constituents are tired of over promises and underperformances by  their electric company and we’re going to make sure their voices are heard until  JCP&L pulls the plug on this rate hike,” Handlin, R-Monmouth, said.  “JCP&L’s customers have already paid the price by suffering through  prolonged outages, so our response to their request is a simple and firm,  ‘No.’”

Handlin and Casagrande noted their constituent’s outrage with JCP&L’s poor performance in restoring  power and keeping families, businesses and communities informed during prolonged  outages – most notably Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. The petition also notes the  allegation by the N.J. Division of Rate Counsel that the utility is earning too much profit from New Jersey ratepayers to send  back to its parent company in Ohio.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

“We can say it once, or we can say it a thousand times, the answer is  still, ‘No,’” Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said. “Losing power for extended periods  of time is a very difficult and costly burden for families and businesses. We  have had more than our share of severe outages because JCP&L refused to  invest its corporate profits to update its infrastructure and keep the power on  in our communities.”

The petition can be signed online here.


Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Casagrande, Handlin: “1000 times no to JCP&L rate increase””

  1. Where Do I Sign? said at 8:15 pm on April 9th, 2013:

    But wait, aren’t BSTPG candidates challenging candidates like this?

  2. Not only did they take their time said at 8:18 pm on April 9th, 2013:

    But one of their utility trucks bashed in the side of my car, without leaving a note or contact info. I came home to do something, they were working on lines in the street outside of our temporary after Sandy accommodations, and I went back out to find “utility truck white.”

    BUT they did leave me a an $800 deductible bill on top of my Sandy damage.

  3. Name (required) said at 9:25 pm on April 9th, 2013:

    Who is this “Amy Handlin” person?

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  5. JCP&L can kiss my ... said at 2:13 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    The whole town of Highlands lost power again last night for a short time.

    The weather was perfect. There seemed to be no reason whatsoever for the outage. These constant, random outages have been occurring for years, long before Sandy OR Irene struck.

    I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve had to dump a refrigerator full of food, or have lost a small appliance due to a JCP&L power surge after a random outage. Two air-conditioners, a TV, even a plug-in telephone once. These are just a few of the items lost that I can remember off the top of my head.

    AND NOW JCP&L WANTS MORE MONEY?!!?? This is infuriating.

  6. No Way, JCP&L! said at 4:47 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    JCP&L has been a substandard service provider for many years.

    There is no way to justify a rate increase for continuingly poor service.

  7. Amy, said at 10:04 pm on April 10th, 2013:

    be glad you got so many years in office, with others helping you get and stay there.. what bothers me is her, and others’, self- promotion and choices of issue- focus, but mostly in the election years.

  8. Really? Really now, said at 1:35 pm on April 11th, 2013:

    Oh yes, I’m sure JCP&L (after more than a decade or two of substandard service) chose to raise rates on an unsuspecting public once again, because it’s an election year.

    Back to reality.
    Kudos to any public office holder who is fighting this rate increase. There are many.

    It’s the right thing to do.

  9. Energymonster said at 7:23 pm on April 14th, 2013:

    If you don’t want to continue supporting JCP&L then switch your energy supply provider to a third party company. You’ll still have to use JCP&L for delivery and infrastructure but you can get much better rates with another company. My choice is Ambit.