An administrative law judge yesterday rejected a $111 million, 10-mile, high-voltage line by Jersey Central Power & Light in Monmouth County, handing residents a rare victory in what is usually a losing battle: opposing transmission projects. In stinging language, the judge, Gail Cookson, rebuked the utility for failing to demonstrate the project is needed, for not… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 9th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: JCP&L, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, New Jersey, R.A.G.E., Residents Against Giant Electric | Comments Off on Judge Blocks JCP&L High-Voltage Line, Rebukes Utility on Project Plan
By Middletown Township Committeeman Tony Fiore
On March 29th, thousands of residents and local elected officials from Monmouth County will converge upon the Collins Arena at Brookdale to speak against the proposed Monmouth County Reliability Project as proposed by First Energy and its subsidiary JCP&L. This additional hearing called for by Office of Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson, follows a meeting held on January 25th at Middletown High School North where thousands attended and many were turned away. As an elected official in Middletown who will not have the opportunity to speak at this meeting per the Judge’s request, I will not remain silent with the question I would have asked Judge Cookson: What’s the point of this hearing?admin | Filed under: JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Tony Fiore | Tags: First Energy, JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, OAL Judge Gail Cookson, Office of Administrative Law, RAGE, Tony Fiore | 7 Comments »
Scammers are once again targeting Monmouth County small businesses by posing as representatives of JCP&L and threatening to shut off their power unless immediate payment is made via a pre-paid debit card, Green Dot card, MoneyPak card or gift card, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Recent targets have included a salon, gym and and deli. The scam follows a line of fear and intimidation: you are advised you are past due on a bill, you are threatened with having your power shut-off, and you are given the opportunity to “pay” your bill within a brief period of time to avoid any embarrassment or work stoppages.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: JCP&L, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Scam | Comments Off on Scammers threaten small business owners with power shut off
Video courtesy of John SchneiderArt Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: JCP&L, John Schneider, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, RAGE, Serena DiMaso | Comments Off on DiMaso speaks against the ‘Monmouth Reliability Project’ on behalf of Freeholder Board
Jersey Central Power and Light, the electric utility that services Monmouth County, announced today that they have expanded an environmental program to help protect New Jersey’s threatened ospreys.
The company is surveying their poles and other equipment to determine where osprey are nesting—or have given indication of future nesting–and then building new nesting platforms where the birds will not be in danger due to the proximity to electrical equipment. Specialized equipment is installed to divert and discourage ospreys from nesting in potentially hazardous locations.
Two osprey nests within JCP&L’s Monmouth and Ocean service territories, one in Union Beach and another in Brick, were relocated in 2016.Art Gallagher | Filed under: JCP&L, Monmouth County News | Tags: JCP&L, Jersey Central Power & Light, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Osprey, Spring Lake Heights, Union Beach | 4 Comments »
HOLMDEL – One of the state’s largest energy providers announced Thursday that it plans to relocate its regional headquarters to the 2-million-square-foot Bell Works site on Crawfords Corner Road. Jersey Central Power & Light, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., formally signed a 10-year lease with Somerset Development on Thursday to occupy 64,000 square feet of the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Holmdel, Monmouth County News | Tags: Bell Works, Holmdel, JCP&L, Jersey Central Power & Light, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on JCP&L relocating regional headquarters to historic N.J. building
NEWARK, N.J.—Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) testified today before the New Jersey Transit Corporation Board of Directors in an effort to convince the agency to reject the Jersey Central Power & Light Co (JCP&L) application to utilize the transit agency’s right-of-way for the proposed “Monmouth County Reliability Project.” JCP&L has proposed the 10-mile-long transmission line be placed through residential neighborhoods along NJT’s North Jersey Coast line, creating an undue burden for large numbers of people in five Monmouth County municipalities.
“Some may argue that there is little or no adverse health link to exposure to the electromagnetic fields created by these high-voltage lines, and may produce select studies that suggest that,” said Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on global health in his expert testimony. “But there is statistically relevant evidence–including studies–that suggest otherwise.”admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, JCP&L, Monmouth County News | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, JCP&L, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, New Jersey Board of Public Utlities, Press Release, RAGE | 3 Comments »
Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck announced this morning that they have introduced three resolutions in State Senate in opposition to the JCP&L project known as the Monmouth Reliability Project.
The project would drive a 230-kV transmission line on 140-foot-tall monopole towers on a nearly 10-mile path from Aberdeen to Red Bank, cutting through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and across the Navesink River with sight exposure to Fair Haven and Rumson.admin | Filed under: JCP&L, Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Monmouth County News | Tags: JCP&L, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, RAGE, Sen Jennifer Beck, Sen Joe Kyrillos | 4 Comments »
FREEHOLD, N.J. – Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) today issued a statement regarding Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) and Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, LLC (MAIT) withdrawing their petition to the Board of Public Utilities for the transfer of some of JCP&L’s transmission assets to MAIT.
“I am encouraged that Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) has withdrawn its petition to the Board of Public Utilities for the transfer of some of JCP&L’s transmission assets to a new sister company,” Smith said. “Had it been approved, I believe it would have made it easier for JCP&L to build the Monmouth County Reliability Project, which I believe is ill-conceived and not in the best interest of the residents. There is still more to be done to protect the citizens of Monmouth County from the potential negative effects of these proposed high voltage transmission lines, and I will continue to work with the residents and grassroots efforts to complete this task. I have a meeting with NJ Transit next week to do just that, and will continue working with other officials in this regard.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan, Monmouth County News | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, JCP&L, JCP&L spinoff, MAIT, Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, Monmouth County News, RAGE | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Statement on JCP&L Withdraw of Petition
By Tony Fiore, Middletown Deputy Mayor
The recent filing of the proposed JCP&L Monmouth County Reliability Project should serve as a wake-up call to all taxpayers in the state of New Jersey. The proposed 10 mile project with upwards of 200 foot monopoles to be installed on New Jersey Transit right-of way, will have a negative impact on the property values of all adjoining properties and potentially, properties within the line of site. The impact alone in Middletown could be upwards of $1.5 million in lost value. However, don’t despair taxpayers of Middletown, Holmdel, Hazlet, Aberdeen and Red Bank, according to their BPU filing, JCP&L will be making a $9.8 million payment towards the local municipalities through Energy Receipts taxes.admin | Filed under: JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tony Fiore | Tags: Energy receipts tax, JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Reliability Project, NJ State Budget, OpEd, Opinion, RAGE, Tony Fiore | 4 Comments »