Freeholder Vicari Addresses State BPU Regarding JCP&L Increase

Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (Photo courtesy Ocean County)

OCEAN COUNTY – Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari addressed the state Board of Public Utilities in opposition to a proposed Jersey Central Power & Light rate increase.

Speaking at the September 10 virtual public hearing, Vicari vehemently opposed the 8.5-percent increase, which would hike average bills by almost 9 dollars a month. Vicari said senior citizens and young families cannot afford the rate hike, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Vicari was also critical of JCP&L’s response following an August tropical storm that left many customers without power for days. He called for the utility to reimburse residents who lost valuable refrigerated food and prescription medicines.