Friday, May 10, 2013
The employees also donated 1,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Pantry.
During tough economic times, those that are down on their luck often times find it hard to get food on the table. That's where the Interfaith Food Pantry comes in. The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-denominational non-profit organization that provides food and groceries to Morris County families in need. Recently, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) helped support the pantry with a $5,000 donation. Last year, the pantry fell on hard times because a 13 percent increase from May through July in demand for food staples had nearly stripped the pantry of supplies. But local companies are stepping up to help out. JCP&L employees held bake sales and luncheons, collected food items and donated cash during the recently completed 2013 "Harvest …
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 superstorm 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 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 — which has held hearings throughout JCP&L’s coverage area since the …
Friday, April 19, 2013
This work is done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against tree-related storm damage.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is continuing its tree trimming and vegetation management work in communities across its 13 county service area. The work is being done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against tree-related storm damage. Since January, JCP&L-certified tree experts have trimmed more than 1,300 circuit miles in northern and central New Jersey. In April, JCP&L vegetation management work is taking place in the following counties and municipalities. All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L’s certified forestry contractors, including: Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, DTE, Jaflo Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., Nelson Tree Service Inc., and Treesmiths Inc…
Friday, April 5, 2013
They say the use of smartphones would have been a big help during the storm.
Communication was the key element missing in the days following Superstorm Sandy, residents said at a meeting with JCP&L executives Friday. Bridgewater resident Neha Limaye Pallod—who arranged the meeting and was joined by a few members of a statewide Facebook group she started to make JCP&L answer for its response to power outages in November—said the lack of information on a street level is where the system was truly flawed. Pallod and other residents met with JCP&L officials at their Morristown headquarters, and she said many made recommendations about how to fix communication for the future. Click here to read our Cover-It-Live story of live tweets from the meeting. “Calls are not getting logged correctly,” she said. “Reporting outages…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Thursday, April 4
Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye arranged a meeting Friday with JCP&L officials and residents around the state to discuss the power company's response to widespread power outages from Superstorm Sandy. Following the storm, and weeks waiting for power to return, Limaye created a Facebook page for those who want JCP&L to answer for their response to the outages. She later arranged a meeting with officials for residents in that group, and planned to bring questions they had raised about how the company prepared for the storm and how it will prepare in the future. The meeting is being held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in JCP&L's headquarters in Morristown. Limaye is live tweeting the meeting, and you can follow along with her tweets in …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A meeting will be held with company executives Friday at their Morristown headquarters.
With the hope of getting answers about JCP&L's poor response in the restoration of power for customers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has scheduled a meeting with officials at the company's Morristown headquarters. The meeting will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone interested in speaking to JCP&L officials about their response, or lack thereof, following the hurricane, and their plans for change in the future. Limaye initially started a petition to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater about a week after the hurricane, and also created a Facebook group to bring together people from across the state who were disappointed by the performance of the power company following Superstorm Sandy. The …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Utility installing components at operations center in Morristown.
Friday, March 15
JCP&L is taking steps to improve its ability to communicate with first responders during a large-scale emergency. The utility will install components of the New Jersey Preparedness Emergency Communication Network at its regional dispatching operations in Morristown and Red Bank, spokesman Ron Morano said Thursday. The facilities manage the daily work on the company's electrical system and provide coordination when repair crews are dispatched during widespread power outages. “Participating in this system will enhance our ability to share real-time critical information with our customers, communities and first responders during emergency situations,” JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a release. “Joining this system is one of the many things …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Work continues on $24 million vegetation maintenance program.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is continuing work on a $24 million vegetation maintenance program aimed at improving service reliability and decreasing outages, with tree-trimming scheduled to continue in parts of Morris County this month. The company announced that the work will continue along 300 miles of the state in February, including in Chatham, Montville, Lincoln Park, Flanders, Chester, Mendham, Morristown, Riverdale, Oak Ridge, Pompton Plains, Dover, Randolph, Rockaway, Succasunna and Kenvil. In January of this year, work commenced on 410 miles, including Parsippany and parts of Dover as well as southern areas of the state. "The vegetation management program is an important component of our annual investment in …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Power utility company ready to deploy workers where they are needed.
Jersey Central Power & Light continues to prepare for potential power outages due to the winter storm. More than 800 workers are ready to “tackle line repair work when it is safe to do so,” said Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman. Workers have been stationed in Dover and Newton and will be sent to areas if and when they are needed, Morano said. Hazard responders and forestry crews stand by ready to provide assistance during emergencies and remove downed trees. “We’ve taken many proactive steps and will be prepared to respond should we be needed,” Morano said. “The storm is forecast to be bad in North Jersey as opposed to the western part of the state.” Power outages can be found on the company’s website and the company’s new smartphone …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Additional work crews will help restore service if necessary.
Jersey Central Power & Light is bringing in additional work crews in advance of the winter storm. The storm is forecast to drop a foot or more of snow in North Jersey beginning Friday afternoon. JCP&L President Don Lynch will hold a press conference in Dover on Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss the company’s preparation work in detail. JCP&L customers blasted the utility company in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Thousands of area residents were without power for more than a week after the storm. All available work crews and support personnel will work around the clock, if necessary, to restore service to customers who lose power due to Nemo, the company announced Thursday night. More than 100 work crews from FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison, The…