There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
How the state should go about making that transformation is a matter of considerable debate, however, as stakeholders wrestle with such contentious issues as:
- What, if any, new incentives are needed to convince motorists to buy electric vehicles?
- What role should utilities play in building out the charging infrastructure?
- What type of investments may be required in the electric grid?
These questions were the focus of an NJ Spotlight roundtable in Hamilton Township on Dec. 13.
Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission,
Mark Warner, Vice President, Gabel Associates
Jim Appleton, President, New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR)
Stefanie Brand, Director, New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel
John Dempsey, Manager of Transmission Development and Strategy,
Public Service Electric and Gas Company
Doug O’Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey
Christine Sadovy, Deputy Chief of Staff, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Tom Johnson, Energy Reporter, NJ Spotlight
(by Steve Lubetkin/StateBroadcastNews.com)