NJPIRG-backed energy efficiency bill headed to governor's desk

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Aaron Colonnese
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Author: Aaron Colonnese

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Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.

The best energy efficiency program you've never heard of is one step away from becoming law here in New Jersey.

In June, the state Legislature passed a bill to enact a statewide Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. Currently awaiting Gov. Phil Murphy's signature, the bill would make it easier for businesses, nonprofits, private institutions, agricultural producers and apartment building owners to pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. Not only does it mirror recommendations in the governor's own Energy Master Plan, but it has also been successfully implemented in 24 other states so far.

NJPIRG has been working since early 2020 to organize public and legislative support for this crucial program.

“New Jersey has set bold energy efficiency goals to fight climate change and help consumers save money. C-PACE is one piece of the puzzle that’s needed to reach those goals,” said Emma Horst-Martz, NJPIRG advocate. "This is the kind of practical policy solution we need, and I am grateful to state Sens. Smith and Bateman, Assemblymembers Mukherji and Kennedy, and former Assemblymember Pinkin for their leadership on this issue."

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Photo: In addition to aiding in the fight against climate change, energy efficiency programs save consumers money and therefore will be a crucial part of helping New Jersey consumers recover from the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: SpeedKingz via Shutterstock

Aaron Colonnese
Content Creator

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Content Creator

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.