by Tom Johnson / NJ Spotlight
A federal court has struck down the state’s efforts to spur development of new power plants, a decision with potentially big implications for what electricity customers will pay on their future energy bills.
The ruling, handed down late Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton in a 67-page decision, may mean utility customers will not be on the hook for up to $3 billion in subsidies over the next 15 years to help three developers build new natural-gas fired plants.
If the decision stands, however, it deals a huge defeat to one of the Christie administration’s signature energy goals — promoting the building of nearly 2,000 megawatts of new generation.
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