Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Statement of League of Municipalities on Energy Master Plan
On behalf of our member municipalities, the League is fully committed to moving New Jersey toward an energy system that is stable, renewable, efficient and does not contribute global warming.
Getting energy right is essential to our future. It is probably the most pressing environmental issue of our time. But equally important, energy is the new frontier on which we must compete economically. Our economic future will depend on two things:
- Can we secure adequate supplies of clean and renewable energy?
- Can we make our economy, transportation system, and buildings, the most efficient, and therefore the most competitive, in the world?
Highland Park Mayor Meryl Frank, Co-Chair of the League’s Committee for a Green Future attended today’s press conference and offered the following comment:
“Local governments are taking up this challenge. Currently over 80 New Jersey municipalities have adopted a Greenhouse Gas reduction target, and nearly 100 municipalities are members of the League’s new Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future which is dedicated to making New Jersey green, one municipality at a time.
“We are taking this on because local governments are struggling with ever increasing energy costs, because Mayors’ are taking responsibility for the future of their towns and the state, and because New Jersey residents are demanding it.”
League Executive Director Bill Dressed added,
“We have not had a chance to fully review the final Energy Master Plan. But from what we have seen, we fully support its purpose and general direction. In general, we want to see more bold and aggressive action from State Government, not less. In particular, we will be looking to see how the plan supports local governments that are struggling to deal with energy issues.
“We have already begun, and are committed to continue, working with the State to support local governments in making their buildings, fleets, operations, and towns as a whole more efficient, and more friendly to local renewable power generation.
“We commend the NJBPU and the Governor and everyone else involved in making this happen and look forward to working with you to see it fully implemented.”
Contact: Bill Dressel, Executive Director, (609) 695-3481 x122 or (609) 915-9072.