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 »
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
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 »
Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, Chris Christie, Governor Chris Christie, Pinelands Commission, South Jersey Gas Pipeline | Comments Off on NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote
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…
Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, BPU, JCP&L, Monmouth County | 1 Comment »
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.
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Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: 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
Posted: October 2nd, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Energy, New Jersey, News | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, Energy, Energy Costs, Heating Bills, Natural Gas, New Jersey, New Jersey Natural Gas, public utilities | Comments Off on Natural-Gas Bills Will Drop This Winter for Most Customers in New Jersey
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 »
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Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: 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
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.”
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Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Author: 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
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin
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.”
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 »
Red Bank— Saying that New Jersey Natural Gas officials are being uncooperative with local officials, Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) held a press conference with Mayor Pasquale Menna and Rivercenter Executive Director Nancy Adams to demand NJNG work cooperatively with local officials toward a solution in vetting alternatives to the utility’s planned regulator replacement program.
NJNG plans on replacing 88 natural gas pressure regulators currently located below highly trafficked sidewalks on Front, Broad, and Monmouth Streets, bringing the devices above ground. The company has refused to release details of its decision making process and any alternative locations for the regulators that were considered, despite requests from the Senator and Red Bank officials.
“NJNG is being unresponsive and heavy handed with the Borough of Red Bank,” Beck said. “They have admitted that there are alternatives to the current plan, but will not discuss what those options are or why they were not chosen. You don’t see these devices placed as prominently, or in as great a number, very often in the downtown district of a busy municipality. Why is this solution the only one that works for Red Bank?”
“Let me be clear, safety should be our first priority,” Beck continued. “However, that does not excuse NJNG’s refusal to explain their decision making process.”
Beck and Mayor Menna have written to state Board of Public Utilities Officials asking for their support in delaying the project until an acceptable remedy can be agreed to by all parties and NJNG releases their internal study on alternatives.
“If it is really necessary to disrupt our downtown business district like this, then we need to understand why,” said Mayor Menna. “And if there were alternatives that could have been pursued but were not, we need to understand the reasoning. We should not have to beg to get NJNG officials to be forthcoming with us.”
Red Bank RiverCenter’s Executive Director, Nancy Adams, also expressed concern over the lack of cooperation by company officials. RiverCenter is a non-profit partnership dedicated to promoting revitalization of Red Bank’s downtown business district.
“We have been successful in promoting Red Bank as a destination for businesses, merchants, restaurants, and night life because elected officials, volunteers, and the business community worked together,” Adams stated. “We need NJNG to work with us too.”
Senator Beck said that she will submit legislation at the Senate’s March 15, 2012 voting session that would direct the BPU to require gas utilities planning regulator replacement projects to study less disruptive locations for the devices. The bill also requires the gas utility make public the findings of the study, and to return any disrupted property and infrastructure to its original condition.
“If NJNG refuses to be a good corporate citizen and come to the table, then we must act through the legislative process to force them to consider the needs of this community and others that may find themselves in similar situations,” Beck said. “If there is a more palatable alternative that will provide the same public safety protections, it ought to be presented as an option to local officials.”
Posted: March 14th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Press Release, Red Bank | Tags: Board of Public Utilities, BPU, Jen Beck, Jennifer Beck, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Nancy Adams, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJNJ, Pat Menna, Red Bank, Red Bank Regulator Replacement, Red Bank Rivercenter, Rivercenter, Senator Jennifer Beck | 1 Comment »