The Clean Energy Equity Act, which aims to help low-income New Jersey families benefit from solar, storage and energy efficiency, is gaining traction. A new poll indicates that 76% of those surveyed support using clean energy to reduce the electricity bills of at least 250,000 low-income residents by 2030 — which is one of the bill’s six proposals. Other parts of the bill also have been well-received:
- Establish an Office of Clean Energy Equity (71%);
- Increase amount of storage of renewable energy in low-income communities (70%);
- Develop paid workforce-training programs in the clean-energy sector 76%);
- Allocate 10% of the Board of Public Utilities’ budget to increase access to clean energy (76%);
- Require all new construction in low-income communities to install solar (71%).
The poll also found that more than three-quarters of respondents with an annual household income of less than $50,000 were interested in solar energy programs to help lower or stabilize their electric bill at no additional cost. The poll was created and administered by Yale University, George Mason University and Climate Nexus.