Washington, D.C. – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) praised the Supreme Court for instructing New Jersey regulators to respond to the issues raised in the PennEast Pipeline Company’s petition for judicial review.
Last month, CEA submitted a “friend of the court” amicus brief to urge the Supreme Court to grant the petition and expressed concern that a decision made by the Third Circuit U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would block energy infrastructure projects and threaten the future of America’s energy reliability and supply. The nation’s leading consumer energy advocate also shared concerns that this action could increase costs of energy for consumers across the Northeast and create significant economic hardship – causing disproportionate harm to those on low and fixed incomes, as well as individuals, families and businesses with thin margins.
CEA President David Holt said:
“On behalf of working families, seniors and small businesses across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, we are pleased the Supreme Court directed the state of New Jersey to address the very significant issues raised in PennEast’s petition for further judicial review. Not only would this project provide over $1.6 billion in much-needed economic activity, but if it was in service an independent economic analysis found that consumers would have saved over $400 million in lower energy costs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”
“Energy and its derivative products that are delivered by pipelines help make-up just about everything that touches our lives on a daily basis and helps power every American industry. During this time of increased economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 virus, we must recognize the importance of energy as a must-have ingredient for a robust and growing economy – perhaps the most important ingredient.”
“It’s time to put aside the political posturing and procedural roadblocks, especially during these challenging times as our neighbors and communities across the country struggle with mounting bills and hardship in response to Covid-19. We need to say yes to pipelines for getting energy to consumers to power and heat their homes, save money and help to get our skilled trades back to work.”
“CEA is proud to share our support and offer a friend of the court brief in support of this project. We can’t keep creating new novel legal theories to intentionally stop the development of energy infrastructure our country desperately needs right now.”
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading consumer advocate for energy, bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally sustainable energy future. With more than 550,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households and businesses across the country. CEA works daily to encourage people across the nation to seek sensible, realistic and environmentally responsible solutions to meeting our energy needs. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.