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 -- …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Over 1,300 signatures have been gathered opposing rate hike proposed by JCP&L.
Tuesday, April 9
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. “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 said in a press release. “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.’” So far, over 1,…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The new program is an electrical safety-training program for emergency responders. It was introduced at the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management meeting.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has began training area emergency first responders with their new safety-training program. The 'Emergency Responder Electrical Safety Training' recently held its first session at the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management meeting in Freehold. According to a JCP&L press release, the program was announced earlier this year as a way to provide additional safety information to municipal officials about power restoration efforts during significant storm events. Senior Public Relations Representative Ron Morano explained that the new program came in response to recent storms. “It [program] marks the start of another significant program we have introduced in response to the feedback we received …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Winds tonight are expected to reach 45 MPH tonight. JCP&L warns that severe weather could cause outages to last 24-hours or longer.
At 1:45 p.m. the JCP&L outage map has began to show outages in Freehold Township and Freehold Borough. While only minimal outages are currently being shown, 74 outages in Freehold Borough and less than five in Freehold Township, residents are advised to perform all necessary storm preparations. In Freehold Borough, Mayor Nolan Higgins explained that he and Adminstrator Joseph Bellina have reviewed the borough’s readiness for the storm. “All of our departments are prepared and our staff is on standby for the storm,” explained Higgins. “Two hundred tons of road salt is at our borough public works facility and a tree contractor is on standby if needed.” Both Freehold Borough and Freehold Township are in contact with JCP&L. According to an …
Your information hub to the March 6-7 nor'easter in Freehold, New Jersey.
A mix of rain and snow could prove to be dangerous for Freehold, as heavy snow is expected overnight into Thursday. As Wednesday continues, the chance of precipitation continues with wind coming in at 26 mph with gusts of 36 mph. Wednesday night does not look like it will provide any relief, as the forecast calls three to five inches of snow as well as wind coming in near 28 mph. At this time, strong winds and precipitation is expected to continue into Thursday night. 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 Freehold Patch Facebook Page.
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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, …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By 1:30 p.m. most power has been restored to the area. One person was transported to CentraState Medical Center due to injuries sustained from accident.
A car accident involving a pole sent one person to the hospital and caused over 2,000 Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers in Freehold and Howell Township to lose power. A Freehold Township Police dispatcher said a car hit a pole in the area of Halls Mill Road and Elton-Adelphia Road earlier this afternoon. At 1 p.m. the JCP&L outage map showed that 1,510 Freehold residents and 1,150 Howell residents were without power. By 1:30 p.m. only 17 outages were reported in Freehold and less than five were reported in Howell. According to Freehold Township Police, the pole hit was a Verizon service pole, but JCP&L was at the scene of the crash working to restore power. The injured person has been transported to CentraState Medical Center.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Power outages also reported in Farmingdale, Howell and Wall around 10 a.m. on Monday.
Update, 10:28 a.m.: Power outages are now listed at 2,544 in Howell, 841 in Wall, 161 in Farmingdale, and 27 in Freehold Township. -- Some 531 Jersey Central Power & Light customers in Freehold lost power shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the JCP&L outage map. In addition, over 6,000 Howell households, 700 households in Farmingdale, and 400 in Wall have lost power. Some Howell customers received calls from JCP&L informing them they could lose power after midnight on Wednesday morning as the company completed maintenance work near Wycoff Mills Road. It was not immediately known if the current outage was related to the maintenance work that was scheduled to take place. In Freehold, the majority of the outages have been reported…
Wednesday, January 9, 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 …