Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik sent a scathing four page letter to Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Joseph Fiordalsio today wherein he blasted JCP&L’s response to Tropical Storm Isiasis and demanded that the State hold the public utility accountable.
RAGE leaders, in Trenton, celebrate the BPU’s decision to nix JCPL’s Monmouth Monster Power Line Project
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities unanimously denied Jersey Central Power and Light’s ‘Monmouth Reliability Project,’ according to Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley who is in Trenton for the BPU meeting.
“This is a great victory for all of the grassroots activists of RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric), and all of the government officials who fought together through a complex and arduous legal process to produce the right result for Monmouth County residents who live along NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line,” Kiley said. Read the rest of this entry »
A plan for a 22-mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands in New Jersey quietly dodged a major obstacle Friday. The proposed South Jersey Gas pipeline had been rejected two years ago by the Pinelands Commission. But the commission’s executive director, an appointee of pro-pipeline Gov. Chris Christie, told commissioners that the pipeline doesn’t need their… Read the rest of this entry »
Jersey Central Power & Light has won approval to build a 16-mile transmission line in Monmouth County, a project state officials say is needed to avoid substantial outages to the utility’s customers in the area. The $64 million project gained unanimous approval yesterday from the New Jersey Board of Utilities, a decision possibly…
A state administrative law judge has recommended state regulators cut Jersey Central Power & Light’s rates by $107.5 million. It is now time for the Board of Public Utilities to act. JCP&L customers have waited over three years for relief. The BPU should respond quickly and in the best interest of consumers who have been footing the bill.
In 2011, the Division of Rate Counsel voiced concerns that JCP&L was earning excessive profits and not investing in infrastructure improvements. BPU ordered JCP&L to open its books to determine whether its profits were reasonable. The findings proved they were not, which is what the ratepayer advocate and I had been saying all along. BPU staff recommended that JCP&L cut its rates by $169.8 million.
A recent ruling on Jersey Central Power & Light’s revenue could have a substantial impact on its customers’ wallets, according to reports. The long-awaited ruling by a New Jersey administrative law court judge Friday recommended the power company’s revenue be reduced by $107 million, NJ Spotlight reports. The notable rate reduction still fell short of the… Read the rest of this entry »
For most customers who use natural gas to heat their homes, costs will drop this winter. The state Board of Public Utilities yesterday approved new rates for the state’s four gas utilities, with all but South Jersey Gas customers seeing drops in their gas bills. The rates take effect today. The decline in customers’ bills continues… Read the rest of this entry »
Talk about rate shock. The state’s gas and electric utilities aim to recover at least $1.27 billion in costs they incurred restoring power and service after extreme storms in the past few years, and the costs keep rising. Public Service Electric &…
Monmouth County Legislators to Present Petitions Against JCP&L’s Rate Hike at Tomorrow’s Public Hearing in Freehold
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.”
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
“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.”