How well did Jersey Central Power and Light respond to Hurricane Sandy? How well did the company prepare? How long were you in the dark? New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities wants to know. But gas up, you've got a drive in front of you.

JCP&L Staging Area (FirstEnergy Corp., Flickr)

The BPU's open public hearings regarding JCP&L take place December 10 and 18.  Neither is in Ocean or Monmouth Counties. The first is William Annin School in Basking Ridge. The second is at Hopatcong Middle School in Hopatcong. Both begin at 4 PM with scheduled end times of 7 PM, but the board notes that the hearings will be extended if necessary.

Governor Christie ordered the hearings and instructed the Board to review all facets of New Jersey's electric distribution companies' planning and response to the superstorm. Rockland Electric is also the subject of a hearing in the coming week. In a release, the board says that more hearings will be scheduled.

In a related matter, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) this Tuesday in South Orange unveils a package of bills aimed at reinforcing New Jersey's power infrastructure while mitigating the utility-related dangers faced by line workers and first responders in the aftermath of the storm.

  • JCP&L Hearing 1: Monday, December 10, William Annin School, 70 Quincy Road, Basking Ridge NJ 07920
  • JCP&L Hearing 2: Tuesday, December 18, Hopatcong Middle School, 1 David Road, Hopatcong NJ 07843