Big N.J. Energy Users Ask State To Reduce Their Share of Costs for Green Energy ProgramsJanuary 29, 2010 – In The News
Pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and 20 other large businesses have asked New Jersey to let them pay less for clean-energy programs because of the disproportionate benefit smaller utility customers receive. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the issue at hand, which adds small charges to utility bills. The bill, signed into law in 2008, often adds hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to large companies with factories, warehouses or supermarkets.
“We pay disproportionately for these programs, just because we’re large users,” said Steven Goldenberg, who represents the New Jersey Large Energy Users Coalition, which includes Hoffman-La Roche and Wal-Mart.