Energy Master Plan
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) unveiled the draft Energy Master Plan on June 10, 2019, which announced an ambitious goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy in New Jersey by 2050. The CCSNJ testified at the September 12 public hearing and provided written comments to the New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP) Committee as a part of the public participation process. Additionally, in 2018 when the committee was seeking feedback on concepts for the draft plan, the CCSNJ provided comments.
In its 2019 testimony, the CCSNJ commended Governor Murphy for his attention to growth in the renewable energy space and desire to have New Jersey be a leader in wind energy production. However, the CCSNJ urged the administration to consider the role that both natural gas and nuclear energy play in New Jersey’s current energy portfolio and encouraged both clean energy alternatives be included in the final plan. Additionally, the CCSNJ expressed concerns about the draft EMP’s cost to the state’s economy, which is not discussed in the document. The CCSNJ encouraged an economic analysis be conducted by an independent outside organization to fully understand what the costs and impacts will be on the state’s residents and businesses. Governor Phil Murphy announced at his State of the State address on January 14, 2020 that he will unveil the new Energy Master Plan before the end of January.
Related Links : https://nj.gov/emp/pdf/Draft%202019%20EMP%20Final.pdf