The NJBIA recently met with members of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to discuss several items impacting business.

Here are a few updates from BPU:

Clean Energy Incentives:  BPU offers several programs to help companies curtail energy costs. These include a free benchmarking service, which evaluates your company’s energy use performance by comparing data from similar buildings. The state will likely require mandatory benchmarking for buildings in excess of 25,000 square feet within five years.  Further information can be found here and here.

Electric Vehicles:  There is a waiting list for electric vehicle charging station rebates.  All interested applicants are encouraged to still submit their applications to get on the list.  Further information can be found here.

New Phone Area Code:  Effective mid-August, New Jersey will have a new area code of 640, which will overlay the 609 area code. The change will affect the way calls are dialed to and from 609 area code phone numbers.  Further information can be found here.

One Call:  BPU will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss the re-adoption of the board’s rules, entitled “Underground Facilities: One-Call Damage Prevention System” as set forth in N.J.A.C. 14:2. Information can be found here.

Offshore Wind and Community Solar:  BPU concluded the public comment periods on two rule proposals: one for offshore wind and one for community solar.

Energy Master Plan:  A new EMP will be in effect June 1, 2019.  Currently, a state government internal workgroup is meeting to develop the new EMP focused on sustainable infrastructure, affordability and energy efficiency, clean and reliable transportation, building the modern grid, and clean energy.

Basic Generation Service Auction:  BPU will hold its next BGS auction September 28. More information can be found here.

Storm Response:  BPU voted unanimously to accept the findings of an investigative report conducted in direct response to the March 2018 nor’easters that left hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents without power. As a result, BPU added more than 30 required actions by the state’s four electric distribution companies. This is in addition to the more than 100 requirements put in place after Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. Further information can be found here.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at CButeas@njbia.org.

Thank you,

Chrissy

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