Questions abound over key study of NJ’s potential to cut energy use

New Jersey environment, energy, electricity

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A new draft analysis of the state’s potential to reduce energy use is raising more questions than it answers, at least based on feedback from utilities, energy efficiency firms, clean-energy advocates and others.

The study by Optimal Energy, expected to form the framework of a more comprehensive range of state policies to expand energy efficiency projects, suggests New Jersey could achieve significantly greater savings in electricity and gas use than currently — delivering billions of dollars in benefits to utility customers.

But, while generally endorsing the goals, utilities and others argued the draft study fails to supply critical data backing up some of its findings and recommendations, and in some instances, makes policy decisions that rightfully ought to be determined by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities …

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