Officials Want to Hear JCP&L Horror Stories Monday

Mayor Chris Vergano wants to hear residents' complaints and stories regarding the power utility.

Mayor Chris Vergano is hosting a meeting Monday to discuss with residents their negative experiences with Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) during and after Tropical Storm Sandy.

The informal meeting will be held 8 p.m. in the council chamber in the municipal building. Vergano and township attorney Matthew Giacobbe will attend the meeting.

Officials plan on filling a complaint with the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to get JCP&L’s license to sell power in Wayne revoked. Residents will have a chance to sign the complaint at the meeting. 

“Our goal is to file a complaint not just as the township of Wayne but the township plus all the residents named individually to try and get our point across,” Vergano said.

JCP&L provides power to approximately 3,000 Wayne residents. Many of them were without power for more than a week after Sandy hit North Jersey. PSE&G provides power to the rest of the township.

Residents and officials heavily criticized the utility company in the days following what was called the worst storm in the state’s history.

The BPU is a state agency authorized to oversee regulated utilities that provide critical services such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, and cable television.

Officials created a petition online asking the BPU to revoke JCP&L’s ability to sell energy to Wayne residents. 

JCP&L has reportedly asked the BPU for a $31.5-million rate hike following Sandy, The Star-Ledger reported last month.

The proposed rate hike would mean the average residential customer would see their monthly bill rise by 1.4 percent, or $1.51 increase each month for a customer using 650 kilowatt hours of electricity.

State Sen. Kevin O'Toole (District 40), who worked extensively with Vergano and other local municipal leaders following Sandy, called JCP&L's rate hike request "insulting."

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Judith December 08, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Were your eyes wide open, did anyone else notice how many trucks from JCP&L were sitting around town with no direction for hours. They are a complete mess and left their customers with no advice as to when power would be restored. PSE&G gave their customers support and their customers knew exactly what was going on with their power. JCP&L customers were left in the dark and the information provided were all lies just to satisfy that they detailed something. They need to be thrown out of New Jersey! We all pay enough for our electric and I already know that PSE&G who are a local company have much more heart and are much more of an organized company. JCP&L NEED TO LEAVE NEW JERSEY!
John Urtnowski December 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
PSE&G was no better. My neighborhood had 40 homes without power for 12 days. We had 1 tree down. 1 pole and 1 transformer needed to be replaced. 1/5 of a mile in every direction the people all had power, my roads were all cleared, there was no reason to make us wait that long. I called PSE&G every day to get updates and after a week I got a little impatient and demanded to speak to a rep. All I got was broken promises and lies also. When the crew finally got here they said they didn't know we were out, they had noticed our 3 streets dark and came in to investigate. Total repair time, 3 hours for about 6 guys. The workers are great, the dispatch system failed us horribly.
Joe videodummy December 17, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Our town's negative experiences during/after the storm should include mandating laws regarding trees hanging in/on/over our commities power-lines, the lack of natural gas generators at our senior housing developments, and the lack of supplying our police with modern ROV ( roll over protection )- "roll cages" in their police cars. I have PSE&G and lost my power for 8 days-so what ? We have a policeman in rehab because he was sent out on a call with a police car that had a roof one grade above a convertible, and had a tree fall on his head nearly crushing him to death. Since the Mayor is questioning "equipment and services", we should include questioning our own.
Patricia Zuk December 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
PSE&G DID not provide information to customers, there were live wires on Osborne Terrace until the night of the snow storm. PSE&G were of no assistance until the BPU and mayor office was called. They finally put a babysitter on the street to prevent the cars from going thru. PSE&G is as bad as JCP&L and LIPA.
Tony Amato December 23, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I couldn't agree more! The tree that took out my neighborhood had been called about several times. The town just blew us off. If the town cares as much as they say they might listen to its residents.


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