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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