Public hearing on JCP&L’s Irene performance set for Sept. 27 in Morris Plains

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How would you rate the performance of Jersey Central Power & Light in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene?

The president of  JCP&L thought the company did pretty well.

You can give your opinion at a public hearing in Morris Plains, on Tuesday, Sept. 27.  It’s being hosted by the state Board of Public Utilities and runs from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 W. Hanover Ave.

“Residents and officials at both the state and local level need the opportunity to express their concerns and get answers as to what actions were taken by utility companies in resolving the widespread, and in many cases, lengthy loss of electricity,” state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-25th Dist.) said in a statement.

Greater Morristown’s state legislative team, and Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, had urged the BPU to hold a hearing locally.

Morris Township Mayor H. Scott Rosenbush has been particularly critical of JCP&L, asserting that the utility left local officials in the dark–literally–about when and where power would be restored.

Written comments may also can be submitted to the board via email to:

board.secretary@bpu.state.nj.us

or in writing to:

Kristi Izzo, Secretary of the Board
Board of Public Utilities
P.O. Box 350
Trenton, NJ 08625-0350
The BPU reuqets that comments reference Hurricane Irene in the subject line for emails and in the heading of
written correspondence. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 28, 2011. More hearings are anticipated.

Irene flooded out a power substation serving Morristown and Morris Township, forcing JCP&L to re-route power from other sources. Falling trees brought down power lines, causing additional delays. Approximately two-thirds of JCP&L’s customers statewide lost electricity because of the storm.

READ MORE ABOUT TROPICAL STORM IRENE

JCP&L President Don Lynch speaks with Morris Township Mayor H. Scott Rosenbush at press conference about power outages. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
JCP&L President Don Lynch speaks with Morris Township Mayor H. Scott Rosenbush at press conference about power outages. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cleanup of the Ridgedale Avenue substation on Monday, a day after the Whippany River flooded the facility and knocked out power to Morristown and Morris Township. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cleanup of the Ridgedale Avenue substation a day after the Whippany River flooded the facility and knocked out power to Morristown and Morris Township. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

 

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