BPU goes giddyup as Murphy wants NJ on fast track to clean energy

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Most times, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is about as sleepy an agency as there is in Trenton — slow moving, often opaque, and rarely making significant enough decisions to draw much attention, or even less likely, controversy.

Not anymore. With Gov. Phil Murphy advocating an aggressive clean-energy agenda, the quasi-judicial body finds itself on the political hot seat. It is juggling a range of policies that could vault the state into a leadership role in a rapidly changing energy sector.

At the same time, it is overseeing a massive investment by the state’s utilities to modernize an aging power grid, something that policymakers here and across the nation agree needs to happen for more resiliency and reliability in an era of climate change …

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