Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) wrote to Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Joseph Fiordalsio on Monday asking that the agency step-up its oversight of the beleaguered electric utility in the wake of its horrible communications and failure to restore power to its customers in a reasonable time frame following Tropical Storm Isiasis.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 10th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, JCP&L, New Jersey | Tags: BPU, Congressman Chris Smith, JCP&L, Joseph Fiordalsio, New Jersey, Tropical Storm Isiasis | 2 Comments »
Hornik calls for JCPL to provide a generator for every customer, incur fines of $500K per day during power outages or lose their franchise
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.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 10th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, BPU, JCPL, Joseph Fiordalsio, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik, New Jersey, Tropical Storm Isiasis | 4 Comments »
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 »Posted: June 22nd, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Board of Public Utilities, BPU, Congressman Chris Smith, JCP&L, Judy Musa, Kin Gee, Lisa Walsh, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, Monster Power Lines, New Jersey Board of Public Utlities, OAL Judge Gail Cookson, R.A.G.E., Rachel Kanapka, RAGE, Residents Against Giant Electric, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Sue Kiley, Tara Corcoran-Clark, Teri Vilardi | Comments Off on BPU unanimously rejects JCP&L’s Monster Lines project
By Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, JCP&L | Tags: Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Board of Public Utilities, BPU, Hurricane Irene, JCP&L, Superstorm Sandy | Comments Off on Casagrande: BPU should act now to force JCP&L to repay overcharges
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 &…
Art Gallagher | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, BPU, Electric Rates, Gas Rates, Grid, Infrastructure, Utility rates | Comments Off on New Jersey Utility Customers Could Get Hit by Double Whammy
Monmouth County Legislators to Present Petitions Against JCP&L’s Rate Hike at Tomorrow’s Public Hearing in Freehold
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.”admin | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Board of Public Utilities, BPU, JCP&L, Press Release, Rate hike | Comments Off on Handlin & Casagrande to Submit 1,500 Objections to JCP&L’s Proposed Rate Increase
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.
“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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Monmouth County | Tags: Amy Handlin, Board of Public Utilities, BPU, Caroline Casagrande, Freehold Township, NJ Division of Rate Counsel | 9 Comments »