August 3, 2021 - Imagine that after RAGE’s 3-year opposition of the Monmouth County Reliability Project (“MCRP”) that resulted in the NJ Board of Public Utilities’ decision to deny the petition, First Energy/JCP&L can then go to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and ask them to override the BPU's decision. That possibility is close to reality because of a section that was added to the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act that Congress and President Biden are looking to pass.
Across the country, grassroots groups like RAGE, have a modest amount of success in opposing transmission projects like MCRP that are not well-developed and could cause significant collateral damages to property owners and local communities. Unfortunately, the sponsors of transmission projects are now promoting the need for transmission projects under the pretext as necessary for renewable energy. Specifically, they have lobbied to include language that, essentially, could allow a “national transmission czar” to override state regulators’ decisions. FERC Commissioner Mark Christie recently publicly stated that he is opposed to this.
Please help us stop this madness by signing our petition (see link below) urging Congress to remove the egregious sections in the bill and then share with family and friends asking them to also sign the petition.