Written on: June 11, 2019 by ICM
The State of New Jersey released its Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP) on June 10 to reach 100% clean energy by 2050. The state outlined ways it plans meet this standard, mostly through carbon-neutral power generation and electrifying the transportation and building sectors. The plan is targeted to meet and/or exceed the Global Warming Response Act greenhouse emissions reductions of 80%, compared to 2006 levels, by 2050.
New Jersey’s energy commitments currently include:
The plan noted natural gas- and oil-fueled space heating, water heating, appliances and industrial use account for 28% of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the building sector should be “largely decarbonized and electrified by 2050.” This will involve the deployment of appliances such as electrified heat pumps and hot water heaters.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) will hold public meetings on the draft EMP through September.