Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Letter as submitted to utility company, after delays to repair beachfront lighting
Wednesday, May 15
Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey released the following letter concerning JCP&L and efforts to repair and replace lighting and street lamps on the beachfront. The document is attached as a two-page .pdf, above.
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 -- …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Utility installing components at operations center in Morristown
JCP&L is taking steps to improve its ability to communicate with first responders during a large-scale emergency. The utility will install components of the New Jersey Preparedness Emergency Communication Network at its regional dispatching operations in Morristown and Red Bank, spokesman Ron Morano said Thursday. The facilities manage the daily work on the company's electrical system and provide coordination when repair crews are dispatched during widespread power outages. “Participating in this system will enhance our ability to share real-time critical information with our customers, communities and first responders during emergency situations,” JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a news release. “Joining this system is one of the many …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Do you know what to do when the power goes out? How to reach JCP&L? Check out Patch's tips.
Oh great, the power just went out—now what? Make sure you, your loved ones and your property are protected with these tips: We suggest printing out this list so you can access it during an outage and programming JCP&L’s outage line into your cell phone.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Utility Company bringing in extra crews to combat outages.
With at least a few inches of snow expected to fall in our area and strong winds blowing through JCP&L is preparing for any possible power outages with the approaching storm. According to information provided by Howell Township Manager Helene Schlegel the company has already taken several steps to prepare for the storm that could include not only precipitation but also winds with gusts of up to 60 MPH. JCP&L said they are also taking the following additional steps: • Bringing in more than 120 line personnel and hazard responders from FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities to support restoration efforts • Securing 120 tree contractor crews to respond to tree-related conditions • Communicating with emergency management officials, state officials, …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Assemblyman Sean Kean wants state's second largest utility to begin raising or moving lowlying substations
Assemblyman Sean Kean is repeating a call for Jersey Central Power & Light to present a plan to raise power Monmouth County substations prone to flooding during major storms. Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean, in a release last week said that the utility company in December said it would present a plan to raise power substations that flooded or nearly flooded during Hurricane Sandy. In the release Kean specifically mentioned the Glendola substation in Wall, where he is also the municipal attorney, and substations in Sea Girt and Manasquan. Encroaching water threatened the latter two stations in the November storms, while the Glendola station was inundated. Substations convert electrical power from high voltage to low — or low to high voltage — …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
BPU accepting letters, emails from residents
Monday, January 7, 2013
Utility company lists communication enhancements
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) is saying that it will improve its communication with towns during "significant storm events," after the utility company was criticized by many municipal officials after Hurricane Sandy. JCP&L announced new practices and upcoming technology improvements at meetings on Jan. 3 in Eatontown and Morristown with members of the League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey State Police. A news release from JCP&L states that the communication enhancements will include: "We are committed to continuous improvement for our customers and welcome the opportunity to work with state, county and municipal officials over the next several months as we implement these new …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Residents have until Jan. 31 to share feedback on Hurricane Sandy
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
If your electric service was out for weeks, you can vent at a series of statewide BPU hearings
In some parts of the state, the power outages after Hurricane Sandy lasted for more than two weeks. Now the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) wants to know what consumers think about how their local electric utilities handled the hurricane. The BPU is seeking public input in a series of public forums throughout the state. Public hearings involving the performance of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) are scheduled. The next is Tuesday, December 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hopatcong Middle School. These are just the beginnings of hearings that will held statewide, said BPU spokesman Earl Pierce. "We're still deciding the schedule. There will be more set up throughout the state," Pierce said. That will also include other power …