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 …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
James V. Fakult will take over for Don Lynch effective June 3.
Jersey Central Power & Light welcomes a new president June 3. James V. Fakult, formerly president of Maryland operations for FirstEnergy Corp. (JCP&L's parent company) will succeed the retiring Don Lynch, who has been with the company for more than 37 years. Fakult joined the company in 1987 as an associate marketing representative with Ohio Edison, another FirstEnergy subsidiary. Following a series of marketing-related promotions, he was named director of sales in 1999. In 2001, he was named director of Large Commercial & Industrial Segments and was later promoted to director of Customer Support. He was named general manager, Regional Operations Support, for Ohio Edison in 2008. Following the FirstEnergy merger with Allegheny Energy in …
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 …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Utility says more than 300 of its Parsippany customers were affected by blackout.
Jersey Central Power and Light's online outage center reports as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday that all but about five of 366 of its customers who lost electricity are back in the light. An outgage was reported in the area of South Beverwyck Road at around 3:30 p.m., according to Parsippany Police. JCP&L quickly isolated the problem affecting the residents and most restoration occurred within the hour. With the looming storms, the utility warns residents that power outages that last for 24 hours or longer are possible. JCP&L urges people to prepare and ensure they have enough supplies including nonperishable food items, drinking water, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, batteries, blankets and other basic staples. The utility also reminds …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Government program, mayor says, could save town residents more than $3 million, however if you want out, you'll have to take action.
At its business meeting last Tuesday, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council without fanfare approved a measure to change the way electricity will be supplied to most residents. The council approved Mayor James Barberio's proposal for Parsippany to become part of a government energy aggregation program through which electricity for the town is purchased at lower rates at energy auctions. Under this plan, residents could save more than $150 per year on their individual electricity bills, according to Gabel and Associates, a Highland Park-based energy, environmental and public utility consulting firm the town has hired to take the actions necessary to implement the plan. According to the mayor's office, Gabel and Associates' services …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Police say outage i
Parsippany Police reports that a power outage in the Route 46 area between Cherry Hill Road and Parsippany Blvd. is over. Crews have finished repairs at a transformer, restoring power to the area. Utility company Jersey City Power & Light reported 16 customers were without power as of 10:45 a.m.