Hearings on Hurricane Irene power outages begin today in New Jersey

    Hearings begin today in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie has called for a look at how the state’s energy companies responded during the power outages of Hurricane Irene that left some residents without power for days.

    The state Board of Public Utilities will meet today at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan and tomorrow at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Morris Plains, the Associated Press reports.

    JCP&L, the state’s second-largest utility company, is under particular scrutiny.  Its president says the company needs to better communicate with towns and customers.

    Both hearings are scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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