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Effective Planning to Meet New Jersey's Energy Goals

The Garden State has an Energy Master Plan in place, and a unique new initiative to help it raise the funding to achieve its targets

By Gov. Jim Florio, Courtesy of NJ Spotlight

New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan (EMP), last revised in 2011, sets out the Garden State’s strategic vision for the use, management, and development of energy in our state over the next decade. The EMP puts an emphasis on keeping energy costs down and continues to promote clean, alternative energy production and preparing for a challenging climate future.

The EMP has five major goals:

  • Driving down the cost of energy for all customers

  • Promoting a diverse portfolio of new, clean, in-state generation facilities

  • Rewarding energy efficiency, conservation and reducing peak demand

  • Capitalizing on emerging technologies for transportation and power production, and

  • Maintaining support for the renewable energy portfolio standard of 22.5 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2021

It has been proven that the single most cost-effective means to reducing both energy costs and consumption is to become more efficient in our use of energy. This is both good for the energy consumer and the environment. Energy efficiency is the “low-hanging fruit” of the clean energy industry -- reducing consumption lowers production costs and reduces pollution.

Read more at NJSpotlight.com

NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded. 

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