New Jersey has unveiled its first draft for moving to 100% clean energy, joining a growing number of states that are committed to ending their use of fossil fuels. Under New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) Executive Order 28, the state must reach the goal by 2050.
“The Draft Energy Master Plan is a comprehensive roadmap toward achieving our goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” said Governor Murphy. “The strategies set forth in this draft plan will foster economic growth by creating thousands of jobs in New Jersey’s energy, building, and transportation sectors. Today’s draft plan is a critical step forward in reducing the effects of climate change and securing our state’s clean energy future for the benefit of all New Jerseyans and for generations to come.”
Conservation organizations hailed the move as well. “Governor Murphy is continuing to deliver on his commitment to make New Jersey the greenest state in America with the release of the draft Energy Master Plan,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “We applaud the Administration for their tireless work to realize the Governor's 100 percent clean energy vision and catalyzing good local jobs in the clean energy economy.”
The roadmap was introduced by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and is a comprehensive, 100+ page plan for moving away from fossil fuels to clean, carbon neutral electric generation and lowering emissions to 80 percent lower than in 2006. The plan also addresses electrification of transportation and buildings.
Other states, from California to Colorado and Hawaii have also committed to 100% renewable energy and emissions reductions. Most recently, for instance, Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on his state legislature to pass a plan to move to 100% clean energy by 2040.
The new roadmap in New Jersey will help the state continue to move forward on the state’s plan to reach 50% clean energy by 2030. It includes numerous strategies for each of the state’s sectors like modernizing the electric grid and reducing energy consumption and emissions in the transportation sector.
“Just as we have delivered on our many other clean energy commitments, we are proud to put forth this comprehensive draft plan today, which reflects input from hundreds of stakeholders. I am confident that it will serve as a roadmap to building a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable energy future for our state to establish the lowest cost pathway to 100 percent clean energy by 2050,” said NJBPU President Joseph Fiordaliso.
Beyond the NJBPU, agencies involved in developing the roadmap included the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
“Climate change is already impacting our way of life in New Jersey. The actions we take today will impact New Jerseyans for generations to come,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe. “Today’s publication of the Draft Energy Master Plan is an important step forward to ensure New Jersey achieves the Governor’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.”
The utilities commission will host public meetings through Sept. 12 and will seek public comments through Sept. 16.Tweet