Thursday, December 13, 2012
Township plans coalition to intervene in utility's request.
Last year, Warren Township filed a complaint with the state Board of Public Utilities over the response by utility JCP&L after it's poor response to power outages after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snow'easter. The township was alone in communities in the area to do so, and this year, officials are planning a better strategy: Township Committee members approved a plan at Thursday's meeting to confront the utility in its bid for a rate increase, filing a complaint to intervene. And to make sure the township isn't alone in the endeavor, the township is reaching out to other Somerset County municipalities, as well as nearby towns impacted by lengthy power outages after Hurricane Sandy, including Long Hill, Berkeley Heights, Summit and…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Poor communication, infrastructure and equipment problems after storm among primary complaints to utility company president, BPU.
If there was one thing the state Board of Public Utilities, JCP&L's president Don Lynch, officials and the public agreed upon Monday night, it was the severity of the storm named Sandy that howled through the state on Oct. 29, not only lashing the shore but bringing power outages that lasted two weeks or more to parts of central and northern New Jersey. But nearly all of the dozens of officials and residents from the inland counties of Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Sussex who spoke at a public input meeting held by the BPU in Basking Ridge, refused to let Jersey Central Power & Light off the hook anyway. "For us, in Bernards Township, for the first seven days after the storm, virtually nothing happened," said township Deputy Mayor Carolyn …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Company's president to meet with Board of Public Utilities in Basking Ridge.
The president of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and members of the Board of Public Utilities will appear in Basking Ridge at a public meeting Monday to discuss the utility's response to Superstorm Sandy. The state Board of Public Utilities issued a notice that the meeting will be held to solicit public comment on JCP&L's preparedness and responsiveness before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the auditorium in the William Annin Middle School, 70 Quincy Road, Basking Ridge. A second hearing will be held on Dec. 18 at the Hopatcong Middle School, 1 David Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. The notice said additional hearings would be scheduled in December and in 2013.