NJ Electric Rates Going Down – Thx to Marcellus Shale Gas

New Jerseyans, who don’t seem to want new natural gas pipelines, will see lower electricity rates this year–thanks to Marcellus Shale gas that flows through pipelines to electric generating plants–in New Jersey. Last Friday the NJ Board of Public Utilities approved the results of the state’s annual electricity auction. The annual auction sets wholesale electricity prices that the state’s electric utilities will pay and pass through to all NJ residential customers who have not chosen a third-party electric supplier. It is the eighth consecutive year that electric prices are either stable, or have gone down. The reason for the lower rates: “cheaper prices for wholesale natural gas.” And guess where NJ’s cheap natgas comes from? Yep–the Pennsylvania Marcellus…

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