ENVIRONMENT

Environmentalists say Energy Master Plan falls short

BY Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent |

Several grassroots organizations gathered in Newark Thursday outside a Board of Public Utilities hearing that took feedback from the community on the state’s Energy Master Plan. The environmentalists credited the governor for rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but said the Energy Master Plan doesn’t go far enough to meet the governor’s own goal of 100% clean energy reliance by 2050. They also said that it doesn’t address the critical need in cities, like Newark, that are some of the most polluted areas of the state.

The last two meetings will be held on Sept. 12 in Camden. Previous sessions were criticized for not being held during convenient hours. The BPU hasn’t said if they plan add any additional meetings.