Thursday, April 25, 2013
Final hearing on a 4.1 percent increase for state's second largest utility
The sixth and final hearing on a request for a rate increase by the state’s second largest utility company met with a mix of praise and criticism for Jersey Central Power & Light Wednesday at Freehold Township’s Town Hall. JCP&L, fresh off widespread criticism for its handling of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed, is seeking a 4.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its 1.1 million customers – many of whom were without power for up to two weeks after this winter’s storms. The Morristown-based company, the main power supplier in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties, is seeking to recoup the $630 million it spent on repairs following Sandy. It has petitioned the state regulatory board -- the Board of Public Utilities -- …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Over 1,300 signatures have been gathered opposing rate hike proposed by JCP&L.
Wednesday, April 10
Two Monmouth County Assemblywomen are standing up against a proposed hike from Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) with a petition and public hearing According to a press release, Assemblywomen Amy H. Handlin and Caroline Casagrande have collected hundreds of signatures objecting to a rate hike proposed by JCP&L, which began public hearings on Monday. “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 said in a press release. “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.’” So far, over 1,…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
JCP&L crews are expected to work around the clock during the storm.
A Message from Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen: As part of JCP&L’s storm response plan, we’re closely tracking the severe storm that is expected to bring heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour to our service area tomorrow into Thursday. In anticipation of the severe weather, all available JCP&L crews and support personnel are prepared to work around the clock to restore service should weather-related outages occur. Other steps we’re taking to prepare for the storm include: We are letting our customers know they can use our new free smartphone app to report outages and access important information and services related to their electric accounts. The app is available for Apple® iPhone® and Android™ smartphones. Customers can use …
Monday, February 11, 2013
A major power outage has been reported in the Manalapan area.
UPDATE: As of Friday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m., only 11 residents reportedly are still without power. -------------------------------- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is reporting that 2,647 Manalapan residents are without power at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. According to a Monmouth County Police alert, the outage was caused by a tractor trailer which took down at least one power line in the area. An emergency services team is currently assessing the extent of the damage in regards to the fallen wires. Please report any outages to JCP&L by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS. This story will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available.
Friday, February 8, 2013
JCP&L will keep in contact with Manalapan and keep the Township updated.
A Message from Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen: We were on a conference call with Craig Hiutchen and Mark Jones of JCP&L. They are reaching out to the municipalities to explain their preparations for tonight’s storm. Since the impending weather is unpredictable they are ready to work around the clock to get power restored should the need arise. JCP&L has 2,400 workers on stay-by including workers from Ohio. They have 770 line workers, 480 Forestry workers, 500 Hazard workers and 600 support personnel they are in close contact with tree contractors. JCP&L will continue to monitor the storm and update us as needed. The future updates will be more localized so that we will be able to give our residents more detailed information as it becomes …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
JCP&L is revving up their service in preparation of the imminent storm.
Thursday, February 7
The Manalapan Township Committee has released a statement about the impending snow storm which may bring heavy rainfall, wind gusts approaching 50 MPH, and a potential of six inches or more of snow accumulation during the overnight hours of Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to begin tonight and continue through Saturday morning. Since extreme weather may bring power outages as a result of fallen trees, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has activated their storm preparation and restoration process. They have also begun staging extra out of state FirstEnergy crews in New Jersey so that they can be in position ahead of the snow to minimize the impact of the storm, the release stated. Additional …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Summit held in Tinton Falls for discussion of utility company's service during and after Hurricane Sandy
Officials from Monmouth County towns gathered at Tinton Falls Borough Hall on Monday afternoon to discuss and critique Jersey Central Power and Light's (JCP&L) service and communication during Hurricane Sandy. Most officials in attendance agreed that JCP&L did not effectively communicate with their towns during the hurricane and that many were left without the information they needed to get out to residents. "It was absolutely poor execution by JCP&L," Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik said. "A little anger and venting is exactly what JCP&L needs to hear," Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said. The discussion was hosted by Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera and Middletown Mayor Tony Fiore. "The goal for today is not for this to become a gripe…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Mayor retrieved dog's body next to live wire, angry JCP&L did not immediately fix it after resident's call.
The life of an 8-month-old German Shepherd ended Thursday when the dog found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time in a Colts Neck neighborhood. Lisa Loew Mason was bringing out the trash with her dog, Rosie, by her side. Rosie spotted two dogs running in a field across the street, and took off after them. The dogs across the street had gotten loose because a neighbor's electric fence was without power. In an attempt to catch up, Loew Mason hopped in her car. Not a block away, she found Rosie in the street next to a utility pole. "I went up to her and was calling her name, I thought maybe she had just been shocked," Loew Mason said. "I almost went and touched her, I didn't even see the wire, but then I heard the electricity." The …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Eight crews are working on the malfunctioned electrical transformers and two substations without power.
There are eight crews from Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) currently working on the electrical transformers that malfunctioned last night, according to a statement to issued by the Manalapan Township municipal government. The crews are also working on the Gordon's Corner and Texas Road substations that still have no power. Additional crews have been dispatched to the southern portion of Manalapan to restore power that has been lost their due to the snowstorm and Hurricane Sandy. The Township indicated that they are aware of all the streets within the community that are still without power, but will not be publicizing them any more due to safety reasons. Contact has been maintained with officials from JCP&L, including Vice President …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Others have had no power at all for 10 days
Gov. Christie told a gathering on Long Beach Island on Wednesday that the coming Nor'easter and anticipated snowfall would likely cause "a setback" in the work underway for full power restoration. Boy, he wasn't kidding. JCP&L, on its website, is acknowledging that the nor'easter has created new outages, often for customers who were hit with outages in the height of Sandy's destructive path, had power restored and are now in the cold darkness yet again. "Late Wednesday, heavy, wet snow and high winds from the nor'easter resulted in approximately 120,000 additional power outages in the Jersey Central Power & Light service territory," says the JCP&L website. The company serves 13 counties in New Jersey, including Monmouth and Ocean. There …