Blackouts and a Bright Spot in the Energy Master Plan
August 11th, 2011 by Chris Sturm
- The draft plan fails to address the state’s largest energy consumer–the transportation sector. This shortcoming must be addressed either by the BPU or the DEP in a comprehensive manner that reduces the demand for transportation.
- The plan signals weaker support for a sustainable energy future, with its overall emphasis on increasing the energy supply and cutting costs. Provisions supporting New Jersey’s nascent green economy should be added, perhaps by committing new funding to RGGI-supported programs
- On the positive side, the plan’s proposed prioritization for solar incentives – towards brownfields and away from open lands – makes sense, but these provisions should be fine-tuned.
Addressing these issues will help ensure that New Jersey’s energy future is both bright and green.