N.J. needs time to rework energy master plan, Murphy says. What hold means for our green goals.

It’s been almost exactly three years to the day since Gov. Phil Murphy revealed plans to push New Jersey toward greener pastures by updating its energy master plan. But

before the state can maximize renewable resources on a grander scale laid out by the plan, officials must open the floor to stakeholders like residents and businesses to have a

say about what exactly that looks like. Many of them — and really anyone who signed up for the first hearing this week on the plan — were notified Sunday that those discussions

have been postponed as the state works on a revision for 2024. Some environmental activists worry the delay needlessly stalls the program from achieving its green energy

goals. But others see it as necessary because revisions would delve deeper into the finances involved with transitioning to renewables and account more for new federal

resources. When the 2019 energy master plan was unveiled, New Jersey vowed to become the first state in the nation to require developers to consider the impact of climate

change if they want their projects to go ahead. The plan outlines Murphy’s vision for how to ensure the Garden State arrives at its eco-friendly goals of 50% clean energy

by 2030, and 100% clean energy by 2050. It illustrates how the state hopes to reduce output from greenhouse gas emissions given how they contribute to the global climate

crisis. Since 1977, state law has required New Jersey maintain an energy master plan to manage how electricity is supplied here. Before 2019, the plan was last updated in

2015 when the Board of Public Utilities enhanced the resilience of New Jersey’s power supply in anticipation of another natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy.