Friday, July 11, 2014
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State Agency Votes to Let Power Company Switch Utilities

New Jersey Natural Gas appears poised to lure a big customer away from Public Service Electric & Gas.

State Agency Votes to Let Power Company Switch Utilities

New Jersey Natural Gas appears poised to lure a big customer away from Public Service Electric & Gas.

In a decision late last month, the state Board of Public Utilities granted Wall Township a municipal franchise in Sayreville, a step that may allow NJG to begin supplying natural gas to Red Oak Power LLC, a 805-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in the borough.

The action, while not final, would mark a rare switch from the state’s largest utility to a competitor in what's been the former’s franchise territory since 1873. PSE&G opposed the proposal, saying it has provided safe, affordable, and reliable service to the power plant for more than a decade.

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