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Watson Coleman: JCP&L’s Poor Service Record should be taken into Account when Considering Rate Increase Proposal

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement concerning JCP&L’s proposed rate increase, considering their less-than-stellar service record, following a discussion with state Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff during today’s budget hearing:

“During a storm or weather emergency, JCP&L seems to be the last out of all the utility companies in the state to restore service to its customers, and the most difficult to reach for information. I understand JCP&L has a request before the treasury department to increase their service rate. I hope that the approval process will take into consideration JCP&L’s persistent record of poor restoration and communication problems, whether they have the infrastructure capacity to meet the needs of their customers and what they need to do to improve service to their customers.”