The big challenge for NJ’s clean energy: Juggling all the moving parts

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state is mapping out a path to a clean energy future, a goal that augurs fundamental changes in how energy is applied, delivered, and used not only in New Jersey, but also the rest of the country, according to experts and other officials who took part in an NJ Spotlight roundtable Friday.

In a wide-ranging discussion on the state’s energy policies, there was broad consensus on moving forward on the Murphy administration’s targets to have half of the state’s energy come from clean energy by 2030 and all of it by 2050, but also fears of missteps and the need for mid-course corrections along the way.

The discussion occurred as state officials are poised within the next three months to decide whether utility customers fork over hundreds of million of dollars to preserve three nuclear power units in South Jersey and a trio of proposals to develop offshore-wind farms off the Jersey coast. Those projects are projected to cost billions, also funded by ratepayers …

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