NJ Rate Counsel Says Utilities Can’t Spend a Dime of Ratepayer Money on EV Charging Infrastructure

The state Division of Rate Counsel is seeking to block two utilities from spending hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars on programs to build out the infrastructure needed to electrify the transportation sector.

In separate filings with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, division director Stefanie Brand is asking the agency to mostly dismiss proposals by Public Service Electric & Gas and Atlantic City Electric to invest $364 million and $42 million to build out charging infrastructure in their respective territories.

The electrification of the transportation sector is a top clean-energy priority of the Murphy administration, and also one that New Jersey is obligated to undertake under various state laws, including one enacted by the governor this past January. Many clean-energy advocates have criticized the slow pace in electrifying the sector, the biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Comment by Willem Post on April 27, 2020 at 2:09pm

The more EV and charging stations, the more electricity gets sold by utilities.

The likely will charge top rates, say 25 c/kWh, for charging EVs at their charging stations, that were paid for by ratepayers.

It looks like double screwing to me.

SAVING THE WORLD WORKS FOR THE UTILITIES, BUT HOSES EVERYONE ELSE, PLUS EVs DO NOT EVEN REDUCE CO2 that much if the analysis is performed on a lifetime basis.

Comment by Kenneth Capron on April 27, 2020 at 1:32pm

Of course if ratepayers have to pay for charging stations, they should get an EV in return. Right?
You have to know that after people are forced to pay for charging systems, they will then be charged with buying everyone an EV. And here I thought this was a voluntary transition. Imagine.

What next - power outlets to provide electricity to the wind towers?

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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