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Tuesday, January 28, 2020


 
Governor Murphy Unveils Energy Master Plan
On January 28, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled his Energy Master Plan (EMP) at Stockton University in Atlantic City, which provides the roadmap to achieving the Governor’s ambitious goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

The EMP lays out seven key strategies:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector;
  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources;
  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Reducing Peak Demand;
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector;
  • Decarbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey’s Energy System;
  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Underserved Communities;
  • Expanding the Clean Energy Innovation Economy.

The Governor also signed Executive Order No. 100, which directs the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to adopt regulatory reforms to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change within two years. The reforms, branded as “Protecting Against Climate Threats” (PACT), include:
  • Establishing a greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting program to identify all significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and monitor the progress of emission reductions to reach the target of 80 percent below 2006 emission levels by 2050 required under the Global Warming Response Act;
  • Adopting new regulations under the Air Pollution Control Act to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and short-lived climate pollutants; and,
  • Reforming environmental land use regulations to incorporate climate change considerations into permitting decisions.

The NJDEP will hold a stakeholder process to include environmental advocates, industry, and business and the CCSNJ looks forward to participating in the process.

Christina M. Renna, President & CEO, issued the following statement regarding the release of the Energy Master Plan:

“The CCSNJ is proud to have a diverse membership base with several member companies in both wind and solar energy production, as well as many of the traditional utilities and nuclear energy providers in the state. The varying types of energy production companies reflected in our membership mirrors the diversity we believe the final Energy Master Plan (EMP) should have contained. Although the CCSNJ is excited to watch New Jersey become a leader in the renewable energy space, we are disappointed at the lack of other clean energy alternatives in the final EMP. Energy costs impact our competitiveness and are a key factor in business location and profitability. Simply put, the more options our residents and businesses have as it relates to energy production in New Jersey, the more affordable it will be. The CCSNJ again calls on the Administration to conduct an economic analysis by an independent outside organization to fully understand what the costs of the final EMP will be before implementation begins. Additionally, we look forward to participating on behalf of the business and development community in the NJDEP’s stakeholder process as the Department establishes new regulations around climate change to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and reform land use rules.”

To read the Energy Master Plan, click here.

To read Executive Order No. 100, click here.

To read the CCSNJ’s Energy Master Plan testimony, click here.

If you have any questions or comments about the above, please feel free to reach out to Hilary Beckett, Manager, Government Affairs, at hbeckett@chambersnj.com.

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