PSE&G Gets Go-Ahead on Smaller Solar Plan, But Splits Vote at BPU

A divided state agency yesterday approved a scaled-down version of a plan by Public Service Electric & Gas to build grid-supply solar arrays on brownfields and landfills amid concerns why about utility customers are paying to support the projects.

In an unusual split 3-2 vote, the Board of Public Utilities accepted a tentative settlement allowing the utility to spend $80 million to develop an additional 33 megawatts of solar farms on former garbage dumps and brownfields in its service territory.

The debate over the proposal was a bit surprising since the state Division of Rate Counsel and most other parties in the case had endorsed the plan in the settlement, which is much less ambitious than the $276 million, 100-megawatt program originally filed by PSE&G.

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