Transition to Cleaner energy won’t need big rise in spending, NJ’s consultant suggests

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state unveiled its most explicit road map yet for how New Jersey will achieve a 100% clean-energy future, a projection its consultant says can be achieved with only a modest rise in overall energy spending.

Those projections, offered in modeling by the Rocky Mountain Institute for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, aim to detail how the state can transition from an economy largely driven by fossil fuels to one that relies on cleaner, less polluting technologies, and sharply curbs emissions contributing to global climate change.

The findings will shape the final contours of an Energy Master Plan being developed by the Murphy administration to overhaul the state’s energy policies, as well as the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 2006 levels by 2050, according to the Global Warming Response Act. The plan is expected to be adopted by the end of the year …

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