NJ Stats: State Index of Energy Regulation, 2014

Rank State Energy Regulation Average Score* 
1 Alabama 4.29
1 Alaska 4.29
1 South Dakota 4.29
1 Texas 4.29
5 Delaware 4.48
6 North Dakota  4.57
7 Georgia  4.86
7 Kansas  4.86
7 Missouri  4.86
10 Oklahoma  5.00
10 Wyoming  5.00
12 Colorado  5.14
12 Mississippi 5.14
14 Ohio  5.24
15 Florida  5.29
15 Nebraska  5.29
17 Louisiana 5.43
17 Tennessee  5.43
17 Utah  5.43
20 Arizona  5.57
20 Iowa 5.57
20 South Carolina 5.57
23 Arkansas 5.71
23 Hawaii  5.71
23 Idaho 5.71
26 West Virginia 5.86
27 Rhode Island 6.00
28 Montana 6.05
29 Indiana 6.14
29 New Mexico  6.14
31 Illinois 6.19
32 Kentucky 6.29
32 Virginia  6.29
34 Minnesota  6.43
34 Vermont 6.43
36 Maine 6.48
36 New Hampshire 6.48
38 Massachusetts  6.52
39 Nevada  6.57
39 Pennsylvania  6.57
41 Oregon  6.62
42 North Carolina  6.71
43 New Jersey 6.81
44 Michigan 6.86
44 Washington  6.86
46 Maryland  7.10
47 Connecticut  7.14
48 Wisconsin 7.29
49 California 7.71
50 New York  7.86


The 50 State Average Score
is 5.85
*= The higher the score, the stricter the energy regulations are in that state.
New Jersey is 16.4% above the 50-State Average. This means that the state has relatively high restrictions in its energy business.

Source:
Wayne Winegarden and Marc Miles. “50 State Index of Energy Regulation.” The Pacific Research Institute. July 2014. Accessed July 2015.