MANALAPAN - During the height of Irene, more than a million homes and businesses lost power.

This week, New Jersey residents are getting the chance to vent about the performance of the state's power companies during Hurricane Irene.

The State Board of Public Utilities met at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan to ask the public about their experiences. Many said the power companies weren't prepared.

A spokesperson for JCPL says they responded to more than 400,000 calls at the time of the outages.State BPU to hold public hearing on JCP&L response to Irene