JCP&L wants rate hike to cover Hurricane Irene - KMSP-TV

JCP&L wants rate hike to cover Hurricane Irene

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Jersey Central Power & Light Company says it wants to raise electric bills by 1.2 percent to cover the costs after Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011. 

JCP&L also stated on Friday that it will add in the costs of recovery from Superstorm Sandy at a later date. Sandy knocked out power to about 1.2 million customers, the worst power outage the utility has ever faced. 

Like many communities, people in Millburn NJ spent more than a week without power after Hurricane Sandy and some say when it came to communication from Jersey Central Power and Light they were also in the dark. 

"I'm not really happy with them right now," said Ben Wasserman a JCP&L customer.  

So when Wasserman found out JCPL now wants to hike rates, he was frustrated. 

"I think it's unconscionable that they're going to hit people in the town because of the storms, they make a lot of money." 

JCPL is asking the state to approve a $31 million dollar annual rate hike, which breaks down to a 1.4% monthly increase for the average residential customer. 

But that's just to cover costs related to Hurricane Irene and the last October snowstorm.

The bill for Sandy's damage is still being calculated and it will likely mean a higher rate hike. 

"Why are they charging us extra for storm damage, over 25 years they could have been building up savings, I don't think they should pass it on to us," said Joe Mansfield , JCP&L customer. 

The rate hike request was part of what's called a base rate case which was mandated by the State board of public utilities after JCP&L came under fire for poor performance in the wake of last year's storm and questions about the utility's earnings. 

In a statement to Fox 5, the utility company said:

 "Even with the proposed increase, JCP&L would continue to have the lowest residential electric rates among New Jersey electric distribution companies." 

They estimate customers who use an average of 650 kilowatts a month would only end up paying about a dollar fifty more on each bill. 

It's not a big deal, but they never really provide good service," said Barry Riesenberg, another frustrated JCP&L customer.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 teens

    NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 children

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:25:35 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
  • German Shepherd called to jury duty

    German Shepherd called to jury duty

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:16:16 GMT
    At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime. Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is IV is a 5-year-old German Shepherd.
    At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime. Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is IV is a 5-year-old German Shepherd.
  • Woman allegedly exposes genitals during heroin arrest

    Woman allegedly exposes genitals during heroin arrest

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:47:46 GMT
    A Barnegat woman tried to spit on police officers and repeatedly exposed her genitals during a heroin arrest.  Police say that Angela Woerner, 28, was in the parking lot of the CVS on West Bay Avenue. An officer saw her and knew that she had outstanding warrants out for her arrest.
    A Barnegat woman tried to spit on police officers and repeatedly exposed her genitals during a heroin arrest.  Police say that Angela Woerner, 28, was in the parking lot of the CVS on West Bay Avenue. An officer saw her and knew that she had outstanding warrants out for her arrest.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices