Headline: “Gov. Christie expects property taxes to rise in Sandy-ravaged areas”

Michael Giberson At least the Governor understands that emergencies can drive costs up. We’ll see if this understanding goes beyond the expenditure of public funds to include excess costs faced by small business in New Jersey once the state gets around to prosecuting price gouging cases in earnest. Christie tax story here. One example of… More Headline: “Gov. Christie expects property taxes to rise in Sandy-ravaged areas”

Columnist alleges post-Sandy pizza price gouging

Micheal Giberson I’m fascinated by this story by Karin Price Mueller, a columnist for The Star-Ledger, about post-Sandy price gouging. Here is the shortened version of the main episode: But after more than 48 hours without electricity …, my three children and I wanted a change of scenery. We went across town to a friend’s… More Columnist alleges post-Sandy pizza price gouging

New Jersey politicians poised to pour more ratepayer money into solar power developer pockets

Michael Giberson The bill isn’t signed into law yet, but New Jersey solar installers are probably breathing a little easier given reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign a law that would boost the state’s electric utility’s solar power purchase obligation from about one-half of one percent to over two percent… More New Jersey politicians poised to pour more ratepayer money into solar power developer pockets

New Jersey solar installers seek “Endless Summer” at ratepayer expense

Michael Giberson A crisis is coming for the New Jersey solar power installation industry. Stringent solar power purchase requirements imposed on electric utilities (i.e. on electric utility ratepayers) has turned the state into the nation’s second largest for solar power capacity installed, behind only sunny California. But now that installed capacity is sufficient to meet… More New Jersey solar installers seek “Endless Summer” at ratepayer expense

New Jersey is not exactly the sunshine state, but solar panels spring up with help of state government

Michael Giberson Casually scanning a solar resource map wouldn’t naturally lead you to think that New Jersey would be a good candidate for solar power, but state government policies have resulted in it leaping into second place in PV installations (after California) in 2010. More PV was installed in New Jersey last year than in… More New Jersey is not exactly the sunshine state, but solar panels spring up with help of state government

Punishing gasoline customers for non-existent ‘price gouging’ by New Jersy station

Michael Giberson First, the news: Washington Township, N.J., gas station ordered temporarily closed for price gouging A judge on Monday [July 13] ordered the temporary closing of a Washington Township, N.J., gas station after the owners pleaded guilty to price gouging. Express Fuel on Route 31 North, south of Washington, will reopen on Monday. The… More Punishing gasoline customers for non-existent ‘price gouging’ by New Jersy station