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EMP No Longer EMPTY

Date : Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:30:50 -0400

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Tittel October 22, 2008 (609) 558-9100

EMP No Longer EMPTY

Today Governor Corzine released the final draft of the Energy Master Plan (EMP), the blueprint for where the state will get its energy for the next ten years. "This new Energy Master Plan is a paradigm shift in how we will deal with energy over the next ten years," said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. "It means that we will be providing green energy, green collar jobs to New Jersey workers, and savings to consumers through energy efficiency programs."

While the Sierra Club gave the original draft of the EMP a D-, Tittel grades the final draft a B+. "Unlike the original plan, which promoted fossil fuels and nuclear power while underplaying renewable energy, this plan triples the amount of wind, doubles the amount of solar, and raises the Renewable Portfolio Standard from 22% to 30%," noted Tittel.

The final plan reduces the call for nuclear power, recognizing that this outdated form of power is extremely costly, takes a long period of time to develop and bring online, and involves serious safety issues. It also opposes the development of new coal facilities. "This shows that the governor has listened to the outpouring of public support for clean energy," said Tittel. "This plan will help move us away from dirty, costly, and obsolete technologies and toward new technologies that will stimulate our economy and protect the environment at the same time."

The Sierra Club and other environmental groups recently released a study commissioned by the Center for American Progress and written by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst detailing the ways in which investment in new green technologies will also create high-paying American jobs. Among the areas of investment studied was energy efficiency, which will create jobs in the areas of construction, carpentry, roofing, heating and air conditioning installation, insulation work, and building inspection, among other fields. The report also looked at investment in renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar, which provide jobs to electricians, electrical engineers, sheet metal workers, welders, truck drivers, computer software engineers, and many others.

Tittel estimates that the investment detailed in the EMP will produce more than 25,000 new jobs in New Jersey in energy efficiency alone. It will also save consumers money in the long term, with consumers projected to save $4 in energy costs over the next seven years for each $1 of initial investment in energy efficiency programs. In addition, it embraces the development of new technology by supporting the exploration of other sources of alternative energy through the Clean Energy Institute and helping new businesses get off the ground through the Edison Innovation Fund.

"This is a good plan, but we must see that it is implemented," concluded Tittel. "We've seen many plans sit on shelves gathering dust. This Energy Master Plan has to actually be put into effect if we are to combat climate change, create green jobs, and bring long-term energy savings to the people of New Jersey."

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Becca Glenn, Program Assistant New Jersey Sierra Club

145 W. Hanover Street Trenton, NJ 08618

609-656-7612: phone

609-656-7618: fax

Received on 2008-10-22 12:30:01

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