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.
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."