New Jersey says no new coal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has released the state’s Draft 2011 Energy Master Plan, which calls for five goals to drive down the cost of energy for customers while promoting renewable sources of energy. The goals include the plan to promote a diverse portfolio of “new, clean, in-state generation,” which includes expanding distributed generation and combined heat and power (CHP), and promoting the use of biomass and waste-to-heat energy.

The plan also intends to create a path to achieving a state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard of 22.5 percent by 2021. In order to achieve this goal, the plan indicates the necessity of “saying no to new coal-fired generation,” and an increase in solar and wind power.

The state’s plan also calls for an increase in Smart Grid and energy storage developments, as well as improvements in natural gas energy efficiency.

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