New Jersey Gov. Phil MurphyNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

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GALLOWAY, NJ—New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy officially unveiled his"Energy Master Plan" on Monday that outlined a host of strategicinitiatives geared at achieving his administration's goals ofcombating climate change and achieving 100% clean energy by2050.

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As part of his plan, the governor signed Executive Order No.100, directing the Department of Environmental Protection to makesweeping regulatory reforms, branded as "Protecting Against ClimateThreats," to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. With theexecutive action, state officials note that New Jersey is the firststate in the nation to pursue such a comprehensive and aggressivesuite of climate change regulations.

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"New Jersey faces an imminent threat from climate change, fromrising seas that threaten our coastline to high asthma rates insome of our most vulnerable communities due to fossil fuelpollution," said Gov. Murphy.

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The Energy Master Plan addresses New Jersey's energy system,including electricity generation, transportation, and buildings,and their associated greenhouse gas emissions and related airpollutants. The Energy Master Plan defines 100% clean energy by2050 as 100% carbon-neutral electricity generation and maximumelectrification of the transportation and building sectors, whichare the greatest carbon emission producing sectors in the state, tomeet or exceed the GWRA mandates.

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The plan outlines seven key strategies and includes animplementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines. Interms of strategies that impact the real estate and buildingsectors, the plan calls for enacting 0.75% and 2% utility energyefficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively,improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting newclean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms andstrengthening building and energy codes and appliancestandards.

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Another key strategy involves reducing energy consumption andemissions from the building sector through decarbonization andelectrification of new and existing buildings, including theexpansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs,the development of EV-ready and demand response-ready buildingcodes and the establishment of a long-term building decarbonizationroadmap.

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Other components. of the Energy Master Plan include reducingenergy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector,including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifyingtransportation systems and leveraging technology to reduceemissions and miles traveled.

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The plan also includes accelerating the deployment of renewableenergy and distributed energy resources by developing offshorewind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solarthermal, and energy storage. Other components involve decarbonizingand modernizing New Jersey's energy system; supporting communityenergy planning and action in underserved communities and expandingthe Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey'sexisting 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing cleanenergy knowledge, services and products.

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"Successfully implementing the strategies outlined in the EnergyMaster Plan will drastically reduce New Jersey's demand for fossilfuels, reduce our carbon emissions, greatly improve local airquality, and related health impacts. The Energy Master Plan,together with PACT, the most sweeping set of climate regulations inthe country, represents a seismic shift in our energy policy," Gov.Murphy said.

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In May 2018, Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order No. 28, whichdirected the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, in partnershipwith other state agencies, to develop a statewide clean energy planand shift away from energy production that contributes to climatechange.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.