Energy

The information below is taken from Murphy campaign publications.  These are issues that NJ SEED is considering taking a position on for the incoming Murphy Administration.  Staff will process these items, and items submitted by submissions from NJ SEED members, into a lightweight policy document per reflecting NJ SEED committee (Economic Development, Energy, Environment and Transportation) analysis and positions to be presented to the incoming Governor and his Administration.

Energy:

Prioritizing investment in resilient electric grid infrastructure, such as smart grids, micro-grids, and advanced metering.

Electrifying transportation to cut emissions, which represents 40% of NJ’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. Murphy claims to recognize that a clean environment is vital to NJ’s future and economic growth. He promises to work to build a green economy by:

  • Providing green financing, by using RGGI proceeds to capitalize green financing programs administered through the state’s public bank, which will provide low-interest loans for green projects in our communities.

  • Creating green jobs through investments in offshore wind, energy efficiency, solar, and alternative fuel vehicles.

  • Supporting innovation and R&D in higher education.

Murphy promises a renewed emphasis on environmental justice by:

  • Establishing community solar to ensure that everyone can take advantage of the opportunities that clean energy provides, regardless of where they live.

  • Incentivizing use of clean energy and the electrification of our ports to reduce emissions.

Discussion Question:  Which, if any, of the above proposals can and should NJ SEED support? If any objections to specific proposals, why?

Please submit your issues and any accompanying information to info@njseed.org.