Handlin & Casagrande to Submit 1,500 Objections to JCP&L’s Proposed Rate Increase

Monmouth County Legislators  to Present Petitions Against JCP&L’s Rate Hike at Tomorrow’s Public Hearing  in Freehold

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Caroline Casagrande plan to present  petitions tomorrow signed by 1,500 ratepayers opposed to a proposed electricity  rate hike by Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L).


“We will speak for the hundreds of ratepayers who are tired of paying  more for less service,” Handlin, R-Monmouth, said. “This proposal to take about  $85 more per year from hard-working families lacks credibility because JCP&L  has yet to answer very serious charges of pocketing corporate profit instead of  investing in the improvements that would have made our service more reliable and  our rates more tolerable.”


Handlin and Casagrande plan to speak at tomorrow’s public hearing in  Freehold and submit more than 1,500 signatures they gathered in opposition to  the rate increase after Handlin, R-Monmouth, launched a petition. Hearings are  scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  tomorrow, Wednesday April 24, at the Freehold Township Municipal Building, One Municipal  Plaza.


JCP&L wants a 4.5 percent increase – roughly $85 more per year for  the average ratepayer – to repair damage caused by Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.  Casagrande and Handlin, and hundreds of their constituents, object to the  proposal because of an unanswered allegation from a nonpartisan government  watchdog that JCP&L collected more profit than legally allowed from  New Jersey  ratepayers while allowing its infrastructure to deteriorate.


“After JCP&L literally left our communities in the dark and sent New  Jersey ratepayers’ money to its parent company in Ohio, the utility is back with  hands in our pockets,” Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said. “We will make the case for  thousands of hard-working families and businesses that JCP&L should not see  one penny more from New  Jersey ratepayers until it returns every dollar it  pocketed for corporate greed.”


Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Handlin & Casagrande to Submit 1,500 Objections to JCP&L’s Proposed Rate Increase

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