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Vicari Echoes AARP's Call to Review JCP&L's Rates

Freeholder again calls for Ocean County representative on Board of Public Utilities

How much profit is enough?

That's the question Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari says needs to be answered, when it comes to JCP&L, and he offered his support of the demand by AARP for a rate review of the electric company.

According to the Asbury Park Press, AARP added its request for a review to that of the state Division of Rate Counsel, which exists to challenge utility companies' rate increase requests.

The rate counsel has said JCP&L may be earning more than it is entitled to, as a regulated company, estimating its profit at about $90 million. The electric company makes a profit on its base rate, which includes customer service, delivering electricity to homes and the infrastructure (power lines, etc.) by which that electricity is delivered.

"I support AARP on its questioning of JCP&L's rates," said Vicari, who has been extremely critical of the company in the wake of summer power outages that occurred at the Fourth of July, when the summer tourist population was at its peak, as well as the company's response after Hurricane Irene.

"There are serious issues of them being arrogant," the freeholder said, again expressing anger over the company's refusal to sit down with the freeholder board to discuss JCP&L's plans for dealing with this summer's influx of visitors.  

The topic of JCP&L's rates is on the agenda for the BPU meeting on Monday.

Sal Sorce June 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
AARP??? It's OK for them to make deals with Obama on OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE DISASTER THAT WILL COST US TAXPAYERS BIG ... JUST TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE OR DO NOT PAY INTO THE SYSTEM. GET REAL ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US ...
Sal Sorce June 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
FACTS REPORTED THAT AARP WAS IN BACK ROOM DEALS WITH THE OBAMA GANG ON HEALTHCARE PLANS. Of course THEY were not alone ... the line must have been very long.
Dale June 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Regardless of the issues with Freeholder Vicari and the AARP, I hope the high electricity rates are addressed in a manner that is favorable to us, if JCP&L is indeed overcharging based on the law.
Mike L June 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Sal, Who do you think is paying for them now.......you, me and every other person. Bills are padded to cover there cost of free service. Oh, yes, you also mention FACTS REPORTED that AARP was in the back room, please tell me where you saw this......wiuldn't it be nice to have everyone have insurance to pay for there services and be able to reduce the padded bills.
Mike L June 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I would like to know WHY the delivery charges for electric, gas and what else is so high. There must be a way to find where the utility buys there electric, gas, what ever to charge us that delivery charge. It's getting as high as the usage charge itself. With electric, gas and what ever going down how can they be buying at inflated rates and passing it on as a delivery charge and making quite a profit.

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