NJ's Christie Calls For Tougher Utility Storm Response Law

Law360, New York (September 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT) -- Looking to act on the lessons from 2011 storms that left millions of New Jerseyans without power, Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday proposed legislation he said would protect ratepayers by increasing noncompliance penalties and bolstering planning requirements for electric public utilities.

The Republican governor said the proposal, on which he urged the state Legislature to act, would make electric distribution companies, or EDCs, more accountable when it comes to service delivery, their readiness for extreme weather events and their performance during such emergencies.

The legislation is...
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