Fighting for Consumers: Trenton Water Works Oversight, Preventing Power Outages, Increasing Energy Assistance Revenue & Requiring Certified Notice of Utility Termination
Also: BPU Representatives to Testify before Assembly Telecommunications Panel on Report Concerning Utility Response and Restoration of Winter Storm Power Outages;
Housing Chairman Wimberly to Hold Second Hearing on Affordable Housing at Kean University, Focused on Foreclosure
(TRENTON) – BPU’s response to winter storm outages in March, tree planning to prevent power interruption, aid more residents in need of assistance with energy bills and discourse on foreclosure concerns in the state are a few of the topics to be discussed in Thursday committees.
The Assembly Housing hearing will be held on the 6th Floor of the North Avenue Academic Building at Kean University. It begins at 10 a.m. The committee will receive testimony from invited guests and the public concerning foreclosures and vacant properties in the State.
The Assembly Telecommunications Committee will meet in Committee Room 9 on the 3rd Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton at 10 a.m. The committee will take testimony from invited representatives of the NJ Board of Public Utilities to discuss the board’s Staff Report and Recommendations on Utility Response and Restoration of Power Outages during the Winter Storms of March 2018.
The committee will also consider the following bills:
(DeAngelo/Wirths/Space) “Vegetation Management Response Act”; concerns vegetation management related to electric public utility infrastructure.
(DeAngelo) Requires public utility employees to immediately place 9-1-1 call to report emergencies that arise from work conducted by public utility employees.
(McKeon/DeAngelo) Directs BPU to study feasibility of adopting certain requirements for installation of new and replacement electric distribution utility poles and transmission towers.
Pintor Marin) Authorizes electric and gas public utility assistance grants funded from societal benefits charge revenue for qualified households.
Vainieri Huttle) Directs certain unclaimed electric and gas utility deposits in Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund be paid to Statewide nonprofit energy assistance organizations meeting certain eligibility criteria.
(Cruz-Perez/Turner) Directs certain unclaimed electric and gas utility deposits in Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund and societal charge revenues to be paid to Statewide nonprofit energy assistance organizations meeting certain eligibility criteria.
(DeAngelo/Benson) Establishes Mercer Regional Water Services Commission as oversight body over certain Trenton Water Works operations.