Seventy-five percent of New Jersey residents, regardless of party and age, say they’re not interested in subsidizing profitable nuclear power companies, according to a survey released today by the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Polling. Almost as many (72 percent) indicate that they are worried about the cost of their electric bills going up.
The New Jersey state Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee are holding a joint session on the nuclear issue today. According to observers, the Legislature is looking to act on the utility issue in the lame-duck session that will end in January.
Some 69 percent of voters agree that an independent and public assessment should be made to determine if it is economically feasible for PSEG to continue operating its nuclear plants without a subsidy before deciding if New Jerseyans should pay more for their electricity.