Conservation Groups Cheer Governor's Signing of Expansive Clean Energy Bill and Executive Order

New Jersey and national conservation groups praised Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislative leaders for the sweeping clean energy legislation that was signed into law today. The measure will create good, local jobs, reduce toxic pollution and make the state a national leader once again in the development of clean energy technologies, according to ReThink Energy NJ.

The groups also applauded the governor's announcement of an executive order that directs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop a plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

"This landmark legislation and executive order show that New Jersey is serious about rapidly adopting clean, renewable energy. From far-reaching environmental benefits, to tens of thousands of jobs that strengthen our economy, to lower emissions that fend off climate change and improve our health, the advantages of clean energy are undeniable. With these actions, Gov. Murphy is making New Jersey a national leader in the transition away from fossil fuels toward a healthier and more prosperous clean energy future," said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  

"The clean energy law creates jobs, cuts pollution, and improves public health," said Mary Barber, director, New Jersey Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund. "New Jersey leaders have an opportunity to build on Gov. Murphy's leadership by implementing strong, cost-effective solutions to make the state a hub of innovation and a thriving clean energy economy."

"The clean energy bill is a great down payment on Gov. Murphy's commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. I couldn't be more thrilled the governor took this initiative one step further today by signing an executive order to update the energy master plan toward the 100 percent clean energy goal," said Ed Potosnak, executive director, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.

"New Jersey is showing that in the 21st century a thriving economy is built on home-grown, clean energy," said Dale Bryk, senior strategic advisor, Natural Resources Defense Council. "While the Trump administration is trying to prop up the dirtiest fuels, Gov. Murphy and New Jersey's lawmakers are charting a smarter course, enacting a policy change that will create jobs, save consumers money and protect our health and the environment."

Source: Conservation Groups
Date: May 23, 2018