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BPU unanimously rejects JCP&L’s Monster Lines project

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: | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on BPU unanimously rejects JCP&L’s Monster Lines project

State Regulators Give JCP&L Go-Ahead for Transmission Line in Monmouth County

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: | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Casagrande: BPU should act now to force JCP&L to repay overcharges

By Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Caroline CasagrandeA 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: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, JCP&L | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Casagrande: BPU should act now to force JCP&L to repay overcharges

1 million JCP&L customers could see big savings after judge rules against utility

assetContent (21)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 »
Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: JCP&L | Tags: , , | Comments Off on 1 million JCP&L customers could see big savings after judge rules against utility

Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Richard Mroz is Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee for the top spot at the state’s Board of Public Utilities. Gov. Chris Christie yesterday announced three nominations to the agency, which helps determine how much customers pay on their utility bills. He also announced a surprise but well-received nomination of Jamie Fox, a Democrat,…

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Jersey Utility Customers Could Get Hit by Double Whammy

New Jersey Utility Customers Could Get Hit by Double Whammy (via NJSpotlight)

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 &…

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Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Jersey Utility Customers Could Get Hit by Double Whammy

Handlin & Casagrande to Submit 1,500 Objections to JCP&L’s Proposed Rate Increase

Monmouth County Legislators  to Present Petitions Against JCP&L’s Rate Hike at Tomorrow’s Public Hearing  in Freehold

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

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: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Handlin & Casagrande to Submit 1,500 Objections to JCP&L’s Proposed Rate Increase

Casagrande, Handlin: “1000 times no to JCP&L rate increase”

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

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

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: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Senator Beck, Mayor Menna, RiverCenter’s Adams Call on NJNG to Cooperate with Local Officials on Red Bank Regulator Replacement

menna-beck-red-bankRed 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: | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Press Release, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

19,314 Still Without Power In Monmouth County

It was nice to wake up in air conditioning and not have to head off to Starbucks or McDonalds for power and Wifi.

I spent more time inside McDonalds this week since, well since ever.  I would have had to work at a McDonalds to have spent more time inside one than I did this week.  Perhaps it is an indication of the state of the economy.  Perhaps it is a indication of McDonalds’ recruitment and training. Perhaps it is an indication of my prejudices. Perhaps all of the above.  It seems to me that the people working at the McDonalds on Route 35 in Middletown and the one on Route 36 in Leonardo are decidedly more middle class than I expected.   They are friendly, articulate, accommodating and industrious.  No one asked me, “Would you like fries with that?”  I learned what a McFlurry is.

Governor’s Conference Call

Last night I was invited to listen into a conference call Governor Christie held with his cabinet and elected officials throughout the State.  Christie has been holding these calls at least daily since the days before Irene hit.

Despite the mixed reviews I had heard about these calls from several elected officials who had been on them during the week, I was impressed.

I am impressed with the quality of the team that Governor Christie has assembled to manage our State government.  Over the course of my career I have participated in or been privy too several executive level conferences in both the private and public sector. In very large enterprises and small.  Christie’s team stands out. They are extraordinarily competent and focused on getting the job done.

There was quite a bit of conversation about JCP&L.  Monmouth County is not the only place suffering with JCP&L’s inadequate and disingenuous response to the storm.  Mayor Timothy McDonough of Warren County’s Hope Township reported frustrations with JCP&L that are very similar to what we’ve experienced in Monmouth County. 

BPU President Lee Solomon recounted a conversation with JCP&L executives who asked him what more he thought they should be doing. “Tell your people to tell the truth,” Soloman said, “if your people are talking to a mayor or councilman, tell them the truth.  Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear or what you think will make them go away.”    Imagine that.

Christie and Solomon said they’d be talking further about JCP&L after the call last night.  Solomon said BPU was focused on getting all the power up and that JCP&L was on his radar for further work after the crisis has past.

Christie said that since Sunday the utilities have been restoring power at a rate of 8900 customers per hour.  JCP&L has obviously been dragging down that average.  Overnight last night they restored power at a rate of little over 1000 customers per hour just in Monmouth County.

The contrast between PSEG’s response to Irene and JCP&L’s response is like comparing the Yankees to the Mets.  Sorry Governor.

PSEG vs. JCPL

As of early this morning, PSEG has 15,000 customerswithout power in their entire service area.  There service area includes Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Union, Passaic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

JCP&Lhas 19,314 customers without power just in Monmouth County. They have 13,834 customers without power in Morris County, 9934 in Sussex County, 5941 in Hunterdon County, 6732 in Somerset County, 3643 in Union County, 3324 in Essex, and 3124 in Warren.  If I missed any…so did JCP&L.

A loyal MMM reader provided an antedotal contrast between PSEG and JCP&L:

My father was a construction super for PSE&G for 40 years.  I am literally first person in my family who came to this country who not to work for PSE&G— great grandfather when it was a trolly car company, my grandfather, my father and uncles, etc. all worked for PSE&G.  Every time there were events like this my father would be living in portable trailers at job sites for months at a time.  He always said JCPL sucked and never invested in infrastructure since they were bought by First Energy out of Ohio.  PSE&G would have to bail them out all the time.  PSE&G is a New Jersey company with more than 100 year history here.  Most of its employees all live here too. Note where First Energy’s executive’s live:  https://www.firstenergycorp.com/about/leadership_team.html.

That story is consistent with the graphic that greets visitors to PSEG’s website:

pseg-hurricaneirene

Contrast that to the lunatic who says he’s a JCP&L lineman that has been harassing me and Mike Halfacre in the comments here and on facebook.  I hope that rectum crater is not really a JCP&L lineman blogging during this crisis, but given the JCP&L response and the info he has given me to contact his union office, I wonder.  I’ll be contacting his union and continuing to delete is his comments here.

Estimated Customers Out For
MONMOUTH County
As of Sep 1, 2011 6:29 AM

 

City

67

ABERDEEN

51

ALLENHURST

161

ALLENTOWN

9

ALLENWOOD

271

ASBURY PARK

2344

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS

9

AVON BY THE SEA

60

BELFORD

324

BELMAR

17

BRADLEY BEACH

50

BRIELLE

156

CLARKSBURG

8

CLIFFWOOD

22

CLIFFWOOD BEACH

235

COLTS NECK

74

CREAM RIDGE

162

DEAL

408

EATONTOWN

21

ELBERON

950

ENGLISHTOWN

44

FAIR HAVEN

27

FARMINGDALE

1995

FREEHOLD

 

 

City

78

HAZLET

275

HIGHLANDS

20

HIGHTSTOWN

1001

HOLMDEL

114

HOWELL

7

INTERLAKEN

103

KEANSBURG

10

KEYPORT

136

LEONARDO

598

LINCROFT

290

LITTLE SILVER

24

LOCUST

183

LONG BRANCH

19

MANALAPAN

831

MANASQUAN

2624

MARLBORO

372

MATAWAN

795

MIDDLETOWN

97

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP

35

MONMOUTH BEACH

403

MORGANVILLE

87

NAVESINK

272

NEPTUNE

 

 

City

56

NEW MONMOUTH

48

OAKHURST

159

OCEAN

26

OCEAN GROVE

13

OCEANPORT

213

PERRINEVILLE

63

PORT MONMOUTH

1047

RED BANK

110

ROBBINSVILLE

372

ROOSEVELT

318

RUMSON

65

SEA BRIGHT

24

SEA GIRT

153

SHREWSBURY

27

SPRING LAKE

52

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS

539

TINTON FALLS

18

UNION BEACH

120

WALL

3

WALL TOWNSHIP

6

WEST END

19

WEST KEANSBURG

24

WEST LONG BRANCH

 

Total Out = 19314

Posted: September 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Irene, JCP&L | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »