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Lawmaker Blasts BPU for Utility Holdup [AUDIO]

It's becoming a regular routine in New Jersey. Whether in summer or winter, whenever there's severe weather, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and sometimes even millions of people lose power in their homes and businesses - sometimes for several days or even weeks.

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Are You Happy With NJ Electric Utility Rates? [POLL/AUDIO]

A new survey of 800 New Jerseyans revealed a deep concern about the costs of electric power in the state.

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Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
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Potential Rate Hikes Not Welcome By Most JCP&L Customers [AUDIO]

Jersey Central Power & Light's request for over $600 million from ratepayers is not sitting well with residents, many of whom lambasted the utility during a public hearing on the matter in Freehold.

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Power Companies to Improve Communication [AUDIO]

By summer, the state's utility companies will be required to increase interaction with their customers before and after major weather events, as well as during widespread power outages.

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Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
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Utility Companies Still Top Priority For State Agency [AUDIO]

Super-storm Sandy proved there are a lot of issues to be addressed by power companies. Should they raise substations? How can the infrastructure be improved? Should more power lines by underground?

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Atlantic City Electricity crew makes repairs (WMGM TV)
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Atlantic City Electric Eyes Rate Increase [AUDIO]

If you rely on Atlantic City Electric for your power service, you may soon need to open the wallet a little wider. The utility is currently looking into increasing their rates.

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images
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Bill Aimed At NJ Power Infrastructure [AUDIO]

One criticism behind hurricane Sandy is that New Jersey's utility infrastructure, including the poles that carry power across the state, are not the best of quality. Some suggest that weakness may have been a contributing factor to the many electric outages during the storm.

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JCP+L President Don Lynch listens during Board of Public Utilities public hearing on utility response to superstorm Sandy
JCP+L President Don Lynch listens during Board of Public Utilities public hearing on utility response to superstorm Sandy (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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How Did JCP&L Do After Sandy? [POLL/AUDIO]

More than a hundred people showed up at the first of three planned Board of Public Utilities public hearings on how Jersey's public utilities responded after Superstorm Sandy.

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Is JCP&L Disaster-Ready? Tell BPU Monday

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.

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JCP&L Staging Area
JCP&L Staging Area (FirstEnergy Corp., Flickr)
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JCP&L Seeks Rate Hike To Pay For Two Storms [AUDIO]

If you're a Jersey Central Power & Light customer, you could be paying more soon. The state's second-largest utility had filed for a rate increase request with the state Board of Public Utilities to raise rates by $31 million a year.

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