Utilities shouldn’t profit from Sandy
Dec 29, 2013 | 1658 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

During WWII, President Harry Truman made his name by fighting companies that were ripping off the American people and hurting the war effort with profiteering.

Today, AARP wants to avoid companies “profiteering” off of Superstorm Sandy. Whether they are sketchy, unlicensed contractors or insurance companies hassling customers to avoid paying claims, or even utility companies, consumers deserve to be defended.

Companies such as JCP&L and PSE&G should not be allowed to gain excess profits from work done after Superstorm Sandy. These companies have a statutory duty to provide safe, adequate, and reliable service as a condition of their licensed monopolies. They should not be allowed to demand payment ‘up front’ with a special surcharge or fee tacked onto ratepayers bills.

And consumers should not pay for storm recover costs that could have been avoided with appropriate planning, management, and on-going maintenance and system improvements.

AARP New Jersey

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January 12, 2014
The companies goals are not to "profit". When Sandy hit above ground, unprotected substations like Hoboken's were damaged by water and more importantly salt water from the Hudson Fiver. The power for many people was out for at least one week. Can you understand what it is like to shiver in the cold with no electricity? The utilities want to waterproof the substations so that in the future power can easily be restored more quickly. This unfortunately costs money. It is not about profits, but to minimize human suffering.