Far Hills, NJ (July 11, 2016) – Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation, issued the following statement about the Decoupling Task Force announcement from Sen. Bob Smith:
“ReThink Energy NJ applauds Committee Chairman Bob Smith for establishing a task force to develop legislation on ‘decoupling,’ which is one of the most important actions the state can take to advance energy efficiency and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
“The best energy is energy we don’t use, since there are no harmful emissions, demand is reduced for damaging infrastructure like pipelines, and consumers save money. Currently, New Jersey ranks only 21st among states on energy efficiency.
“To make further progress on reducing energy use, New Jersey needs to change the business model for utilities to more aggressively encourage energy efficiency. If done properly, this will be a win for the environment, for utilities and for ratepayers.”