The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a clean energy bill that provides for more than half of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.
Critical changes are needed to ensure transparent review of the need for any nuclear subsidies, to develop an effective renewable portfolio standard, and to support the growth of renewables and energy efficiency.
According to statements made by commissioners at today’s meeting, this review will include an examination of the criteria the commission uses to determine whether a pipeline is in the “public interest,” and what role precedent agreements play in that inquiry.
Governor Christie has long supported nuclear energy, and recently said he would consider signing a bill to provide subsidies as long as it doesn’t include other provisions that the environmental community might want, such as limiting the subsidies and linking them to increased efforts to advance other pollution-free alternatives.
The clean energy pathway won’t cost a penny more than our current energy mix that relies heavily on natural gas, a polluting fossil fuel.