New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

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State of New Jersey
Board of Public Utilities
Seal of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.svg
Agency overview
Preceding Agency Board of Regulatory Commissioners
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters 44 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08625
Employees 278
Agency executive Robert M. Hanna, President
Parent agency New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Website http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is a regulatory authority in New Jersey "with authority to oversee the regulated utilities, which in turn provide critical services such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications and cable television. The law requires the Board to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers."[1] The NJBPU regulates natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications and cable television services. The five-member Board addresses issues of consumer protection, energy reform, deregulation of energy and telecommunications services and the restructuring of utility rates to encourage energy conservation and competitive pricing in the industry. The Board monitors utility service and responds to consumer complaints.

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The NJBPU traces its roots back to 1910, with the formation of the Board of Public Utility Commissioners,[2] which then covered gas, electricity, water and communications, as well as railroads and interstate commerce. In 1977, the NJBPU was placed within the Department of Environmental Protection and Energy. In 1994, the NJBPU was moved to its current position within the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.

As of 2012, Robert M. Hanna is the President of the Board of Public Utilities. He was appointed to the position in 2011 by Gov. Chris Christie.

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