NRRI 79-26 A MODEL FOR THE EVALUATION OF ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND LIFELINE PROGRAMS prepared for the NEW JERSEY BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES


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By Dr. David C. Sweet

And Sara F. Larson

September 1979

This report provides recommendations to the New Jersey
Board of Public Utilities (BPU) regarding the report it is
required to submit to the New Jersey legislature on March 15,
1980 and annually thereafter. The College of Urban Affairs at
Cleveland State University was requested by the National Regu
latory Research Institute (NRRI) to provide a technical assis
tance report to New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities. The
College of Urban Affairs undertook the project as a result of
a $5,000 grant provided by NRRI through the United States
Department of Energy.
The BPU is required by law to submit to the legisla
ture a report that shall include, but not be limited to, a
summary of the implementation of the Lifeline Credit Program,
its impact, recommendations for revisions, an estimate of the
practicability and feasibility of expanding the program, and
an examination of alternative revenue sources.
The College of Urban Affairs submitted a work plan
that included four tasks:
Task I
The contractor will provide the board with a suggested
outline for the final report to the legislature. This outline
will include suggestions as to format and content.
Task II
The contractor will provide the board with a model
program that can be used by the board staff as the basis for
conducting the impact analysis. This effort will include
recommended data requirements, data collection procedures,
analytical procedures and guidelines for interpretation.
Task III
The contractor will provide the board with a set of
alternative programs that could be used by the board staff for
recommending revisions to the program. The experience of the
State of Ohio in the implementation of its Energy Credits Pro
gram will be used as a model. In addition, this task will
include an analytical discussion of whether the program should
be expanded to include other needy residential electric and
gas customers.
Task IV
The contractor will present a number of possible
alternative revenue sources to fund such a program. The
alternatives will be drawn from other states that have had
similar programs implemented. Each alternative will be dis
cussed on its positive and negative features.
This report reflects The College of Urban Affairs'
comprehensive approach to the research and analysis needed to
develop long range planning for direct energy assistance,
weatherization, and energy pricing alternatives.

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