TRENTON, N.J. – When Gov. Phil Murphy shut down all non-essential businesses by executive order, business owners struggled to keep their lights on. Even though businesses were closed, utility bills still needed to be paid, which included paying peak rates for electric bills even during a state of emergency.
Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to make sure these businesses can keep their lights on during this and the next major public health emergency.
Dancer’s bill (A4328) would keep electric companies from charging non-essential business customers a peak rate during a major public health emergency, providing businesses the opportunity to better judge their power usage and how much that power usage will cost.
“We need to help non-essential businesses now, and we can be better prepared for the next major public health emergency,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “By issuing this credit, non-essential businesses will have one fewer thing to worry about during this pandemic. Non-essential businesses are behind the eight-ball right now and need our support to start thriving once again.”