NJ’s Sandy Response Marked by Rebuilding, Energy Oversight

July 25, 2013 – In The News

Steven Goldenberg was quoted in the Law360 article "NJ’s Sandy Response Marked by Rebuilding, Energy Oversight." While the full text can be found in the July 25, 2013, issue of Law360, a synopsis is noted below.

Nine months after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, improvements to infrastructure permitting, insurance disputes and utility preparedness are among the states most significant responses.

One critical, short-term action from the state Department of Environmental Protection was the conditional waiver of certain permit requirements, a move that allowed damaged towns along the coast to speed ahead with repairs.

According to Steven Goldenberg, due to the reliability concerns post-Sandy, the Board of Public Utilities has become serious about the possibilities of on-site generation for facilities such as water treatment plants, hospitals, police and fire buildings.

“Unfortunately it took a Sandy to get everyone to really focus on what’s needed to foster the development of co-generation and fuel cells and things like that,” Goldenberg said.

Combined, the BPU and other agencies will make about $100 million available for grants to foster co-generation and fuel cell projects, which Goldenberg says, facilities could use to operate in the event of another major storm.