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Legislative Update:


Action on Bills of Interest:


S-336: Establishes Office of Clean Energy Equity in BPU; directs establishment of certain clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage programs for overburdened communities; makes change to community solar program. February 10, 2022, favorably reported by Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Next action: Consideration by Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.


S-339: Requires electric public utility to install and operate smart meter infrastructure and technology at certain customers' premises; provides employment protections for certain electric public utility employees. February 10, 2022, favorably reported by Senate Economic Growth Committee. Next action: consideration by Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.


S-341: Requires electric public utility to replace certain distribution service equipment over period of 36 months if certain sustained service interruptions occur. February 10, 2022, favorably reported by Senate Economic Growth Committee. Next action: Full Senate vote.


S-419: Establishes Renewable and Efficient Energy Financing Program; authorizes BPU to transfer up to $20 million annually in societal benefits charge revenues to New Jersey Infrastructure Bank for purposes of program. February 10, 2022, favorably reported by Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Next action: consideration by Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.


S-787: Requires request for proposal to establish demonstration program to develop distributed energy resource microgrids for electric fleet and heavy-duty vehicle use. February 10, 2022, favorably reported by Senate Economic Growth Committee. Next action: Consideration by Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.


A-2654: Requires chief law enforcement officer of municipal police departments to hold two community roundtables on police relations each year. February 14, 2022, favorably reported by Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. Next action: Full Assembly vote.


S-787 & A-2063: Both bills extend transmittal date deadline for fiscal year 2022-2023 gubernatorial budget message to Legislature from fourth Tuesday in February to March 8, 2022 February 14, 2022, Passed in Assembly (43-32-1), Passed in Senate (23-11) Having passed both Houses the bill awaits action by the governor.

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