New Jersey Unveils Draft Energy Master Plan

April 21, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has announced an updated Energy Master Plan that describes a long-term energy strategy for the state and its energy needs through 2020. The plan is a collaborative effort of more than 500 stakeholders and will now enter the public forum for further discussion.

Corzine said it has been more than 10 years since the Energy Master Plan has been updated. The new plan considers five broad issues:

  • Energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • Peak electricity demand
  • Electricity needs from renewable sources
  • Closing the gap between the supply and demand of electricity
  • Investing in innovative clean energy technologies and businesses.

The goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing energy savings, and building an environmentally and economically responsible energy environment.

"This document represents a platform for moving forward to provide New Jersey residents with clean, affordable, and reliable energy resources," Corzine said. "The public will now have an opportunity to review the draft plan and engage in an active discourse about the state's energy future."

By law, public hearings must be held at least 60 days after release of the Energy Master Plan draft. At the conclusion of those hearings, a final Energy Master Plan will be submitted to the governor.

For more information, see the governor's April 17 press release and the draft plan.

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