Affordable Energy for New Jersey Coalition Launches with Support of Business, Labor, Civic and Energy Interests
Statewide Coalition Seeks to Shape Energy Policy Citing Major Concerns about New Jersey’s Misguided Energy Master Plan
(Trenton, NJ) – In response to the recently released New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP), representatives of labor, energy, business and civic groups have come together to launch Affordable Energy for New Jersey. The Coalition will work to ensure New Jersey residents continue to have safe, reliable and affordable choices to meet their energy needs.
“The EMP’s emphasis on a move to complete electrification unilaterally ignores the fact that such an infrastructure does not even exist, nor is it even in progress. While laudable, this plan does not answer the two most fundamental questions – how much will this actually cost the residents of New Jersey and what is the realistic timetable to implement any changes?” stated Ron Morano, Executive Director of the newly formed Affordable Energy for New Jersey. “The EMP presently relies too heavily on untested and not-yet realized technologies to meet our needs while hindering access to proven clean and affordable energy sources.”
“Further, as we’ve already begun to see substantial cost increases in energy just this year, the EMP will drive those costs up substantially higher,” added Morano. “In addition to accelerating the increased price of electricity to all consumers, this plan will require additional costs through the necessary retrofitting of each home and business to accommodate an electric-only infrastructure.”
Research from a McLaughlin & Associates survey shows that while New Jersey residents care strongly about climate change, they also disapprove of many of the key elements of the EMP. Specifically, they reject the EMP’s mandates and efforts to eliminate consumer choice in how to provide energy to their home especially as it relates to natural gas. In fact, natural gas is viewed favorably by 82 percent of those surveyed. The survey also points out that nearly 75 percent agree that the state should allow residents to choose how they want to power their homes.