Bill advancing cause of statewide standards of utility reliability released

TRENTON – The Assembly Utilities Committee released unanimously a bill that in the wake of last year’s prolonged power outages due to severe storms is designed to improve standards.

A2760 requires the Board of Public Utilities to establish uniform statewide standards of acceptable performance for service reliability and restoration of service after an outage. 

Among other things, those standards would include communications coordination, emergency preparedness, contingency responses for system restoration, and balancing demand.

The bipartisan measure is sponsored by Assembly members Upendra Chivukula, (D-17), Somerset; Scott Rudder, (R-8), Medford; and Celeste Riley, (D-3), Salem.

The bill was amended to clarify that power suppliers, which do not own the infrastructure in question, are not subject to some of the provisions. The Association of Power Suppliers said it would have been requiring standards for something suppliers did not control.

Bill advancing cause of statewide standards of utility reliability released