Saturday, April 27, 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
April showers bring power outages in Marlboro Township.
Over 700 Marlboro homes are reportedly without power as of Wednesday at 9 p.m., according to the JCP&L outage map. An evening thunderstorm, the first of spring, brought heavy winds and rain to the area. The outages come on the heels of an announcment made by Assemblywomen Amy H. Handlin and Caroline Casagrande; that they have collected hundreds of signatures objecting to a rate hike proposed by JCP&L, which began public hearings on Monday. 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.
Marlboro Township filed to intervene in the rate hike in December.
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. JCP&L is still looking to pay for Hurricane Irene damages and clean-up, to the tune of $31 million. Since Irene, New Jersey has suffered a larger hurricane and a nor'easter. At one point during Hurricane Sandy this year, the entirety of Marlboro was without power. “Our constituents are tired of over promises and underperformances by their electric company and we’re going to make sure …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
As of 3:30 p.m., over 1,200 houses in Marlboro and Colts Neck are without power.
Update: As of 6:40 p.m. all of Colts Neck is reportedly with power and less than 5 locations in Marlboro are without power. Hours before snow makes landfall in New Jersey, Marlboro and Colts Neck residents find themselves without power. As of 3:30 p.m. in Marlboro, 697 households are without power. In Colts Neck, 603 households are reported without power. High winds began blowing through the area as early as 9 a.m. JCP&L reported early today that it was preparing for the storm with extra line trucks and crew workers. For residents who lose power, JCP&L is encouraging them to report outages through their new smartphone app. The app can be found by searching FirstEnergy in their online store. Outages can also be reported by calling 1-888-…
Your information hub to the March 6-7 nor'easter in New Jersey.
A mix of rain and snow could prove to be dangerous for Marlboro and Colts Neck, as heavy snow is expected overnight into Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, Monmouth County will now begin to see nor'easter mix of snow and rain around 9 a.m., with heavy snow beginning around 6 p.m. Initial snowfall counts have lowered, with western Monmouth now forecasted to received between 1 and 2 inches from the storm between Thursday night and Friday morning. This is the article you can come to for links for updated traffic information, power outage information, snowfall totals and more. And of course, we'll be updating residents on our Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch Facebook page.
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, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
West Milford is looking into backing Marlboro's plan to legally intervene the proposed rate hike.
A North Jersey town is thinking about joining Marlboro's legal action to intervene in JCP&L's quest for a rate hike. West Milford's local government spoke at its council meeting last week about backing the proposal, which would allows townships to join the conversation as the Board of Public Utilities decides whether or not a rate hike is justified. According to Suburban Trends, West Milford Mayor Bettina Bieri said the suggested $31 million annual rate increase is an opportunity for NJ municipalities to voice their discontent with the electric company's Hurricane Sandy response. "Overall, there is significant frustration with JCP&L regarding their delayed response for service restoration after each of the recent storms," the West Milford …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The company also touted communication enhancements after Hurricane Irene.
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. The company attempted communication improvements on the ground after Hurricane Irene in 2011, but Mayor Jon Hornik in Marlboro and former Mayor Jarrett Engel in Colts Neck both agree that more needs to be done. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Engel said his updates from JCP&L corporate officers were either outdated or incorrect. "Unfortunately, we have found that communication with JCP&L regarding timing and location has been unreliable and inaccurate; with no information beyond today, other than that most of …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The outages began in the Route 9 corridor and continued to spread.
Widespread power outages are sweeping the Morganville area and into Old Bridge as JCP&L tries to figure out why. Police Captain Steve Mennona said the outages are spread throughout town, and JCP&L hasn't given the department a reason. Within the last few days, outages were also reported in the area of the Marlboro Early Learning Center. JCP&L's outage map shows over 3,000 homes in Marlboro Township are currently without power as of 7:25 p.m. Mayor Jon Hornik's Facebook page said his correspondence with JCP&L indicated trucks are heading to the Texas Road substation in Morganville. "Repair trucks have been dispatched to the substation and will report back shortly. The cause of the outages is not known at this time. I will pass on …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
In addition to payment plan arrangements there is a 'promise to pay' extension of up to 10 days beyond the due date printed on the latest statement
Sunday, December 9, 2012
JCP&L has revised its payment plan options for customers who may need help paying their electric bills in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “Hurricane Sandy was a devastating storm and continues to be a financial hardship for many of our customers,” said Ronald Green, vice president of FirstEnergy. Payment plans can be more flexible than the current installment plan arrangements and revised plans will remain in effect through March 15, 2013. “Whether it be lengthening the payback period or reducing the down payment amount, our goal is to tailor the payment plan options to better assist customers in the hardest hit areas,” Green said. The revised payment plan arrangements for JCP&L customers are: For customers in New Jersey who might need a…