ACUA wind turbine, Atlantic City


Some Lawmakers Want to Transform the Energy Master Plan into State Law

Opponents argue all that will accomplish is locking the state into expensive, ineffective policies

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS – The state Energy Master Plan has drawn its share of praise and criticism since being unveiled two years ago, but it is moving closer to being enshrined in law.

Legislation (A-5720/S-3667) to make that happen won approval from the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee on Thursday in a 4-2 vote along partisan lines. Opponents argued it could lock the state into ineffective policies if codified into law.

Making the energy plan — in effect — into a law could make it more difficult to adjust its aggressive targets, such as electrifying the transportation system and establishing a new goal to develop a clean energy standard, opponents said …