For the second month, New Jersey residents are complaining of shockingly high utility bills after months of estimated meter readings, according to dozens of readers and complaints to the Board of Public Utilities.

Between Aug. 24 and Sept 24, the Board of Public Utilities received more than 229 complaints regarding high utility bills for PSE&G, 36 for JCP&L, 26 for ACE and nine for Rockland, spokesman Peter Peretzman said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.

“My bill, it’s over $500,” said Kevin Davitt of Glen Rock. “We have a window unit so it eats up the electricity in the summer, but this was just unusually high.”

And Hoboken resident Kailey Elfstrum said her bill jumped from $106 to $523. While she expected her bill to go up when she moved from her one-bedroom apartment across the street to her two-bedroom apartment, she was dismayed at the hundreds more she suddenly owed.

Along with dozens of other confused customers, they reached out to PSE&G customer services, which has seen an increase in customers calling about skyrocketing bills due to estimated meter readings.

The utility giant explained that one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders enacted during the height of the coronavirus pandemic barred utility workers from entering people’s homes. That meant the company had to estimate meter readings beginning in March and through the summer, said Fred Daum, Executive Director of Customer Operations.

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Electricity usage history and average monthly temperature are two big factors that come into play with estimating usage, he said in an interview.

For example, if a customer’s August bill was estimated, the company looks at average temperature this year — 77 degrees — compared to last year’s 76 degrees. The customer’s usage should be very

Coal, the commodity that no-one wants to talk about, is staging a comeback as investment banks warm to the profits from improving prices and a new mine in Australia, being built to meet Indian demand, is nearing completion.

The $2 billion Carmichael mine has been the focus of decade-long protests by environmental campaigners, but India’s Adani Group has overcome all objections to be on the verge of extracting first coal from the 150-foot deep open-pit mine.

Government approvals, which had been slow coming, have been completed with the final hurdle cleared with the signing last week of a royalty agreement with the State of Queensland in a move designed to make the mine less of a political issues at an upcoming election.

First shipments of coal from the Carmichael mine to India are expected next year, growing to an initial annual target of 10 million tonnes.

Carmichael is not the only significant event in a material which investors have shunned because of its poor environmental record as a major source of carbon pollution.

BHP Coal Spin-Off

Other developments in coal include the publication of a series of research reports which have shifted coal from the bottom of investment preferences to the top, and speculation that a major new coal business could be created with the spin-off by BHP Group of it’s coal division as a separate stock-exchange listed company.

Citi said last month that BHP might find it difficult to sell surplus coal assets to a trade buyer so it can focus on high-grade metallurgical, or coking coal, which commands a much higher price than thermal, or electricity-producing coal.

“We think the coal assets will end up being spun out to BHP shareholders as per South 32,” Citi