IEPNJ actively advances its members’ interests, striving to assure that energy, environmental and tax policies in New Jersey and the region continue to encourage the development and operation of a competitive, stable power generation industry.
Since its founding in 1992, IEPNJ has accomplished much in these areas to help enhance the position of generators in the state. IEPNJ has achieved a wide range of accomplishments, including the following:
IEPNJ participated in the development of rules and procedures governing the transmission of power in the Mid-Atlantic region. Wholesale and retail energy competition can only thrive when generation from a variety of power producers has equal access to the region’s transmission grid. In the mid-Atlantic region, the PJM Independent System Operator (ISO) was formed to
IEPNJ developed environmental disclosure standards for retail customers. EDECA required the development of environmental disclosure standards to provide retail customers with information about the fuel mix and attributes of power from third-party suppliers and utilities. IEPNJ participated in the development of these standards and remains involved in the most difficult aspect of this policy, that
IEPNJ participated in the development of New Jersey’s Clean Air Act policies. IEPNJ participated in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)-related activities, including the Gold and Silver Track permitting program for clean facilities, as well as the development of emission trading protocols, all of which help to improve New Jersey’s air quality.
IEPNJ participated in the development of Renewable Portfolio Standards. EDECA requires all retail suppliers to include a percentage of renewable generation resources in their supply mix, with the percentage starting at 2.5% in 2000. IEPNJ participated in the formation of this policy and the development of rules at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
IEPNJ successfully lobbied for standards to limit rate increases in New Jersey’s Flex Rate Law. In the mid-90s, New Jersey’s utilities and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) attempted to pass a flex-rate law. As proposed, this law would have allowed utilities to discount their electric rates to individual customers and to set