Reducing energy use is the surest, most direct way to reduce greenhouse gases, slow climate change, and lower customer energy bills. It also has the benefit of maintaining the reliability of the power grid.
But how do government and private industry promote the importance of energy efficiency? What are the policy obstacles and opportunities for reducing energy use? What will be the role of public utilities in this effort? Who will pay for efficiency upgrades and how can costs be mitigated for ratepayers?
These and other questions were explored at an NJ Spotlight event held in December 2014 entitled “How to Make New Jersey More Energy Efficient.”
The event featured a keynote address by PSEG Chairman, CEO, and President Ralph Izzo entitled, “The Changing Role of the Public Utility.”
The discussion that followed included Dale Bryk, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; Steven Cocchi, Director, Rates and Revenue Requirements, South Jersey Gas; Steve Goldenberg, Fox & Rothschild; Evelyn Liebman, New Jersey Associate Director for Advocacy, AARP; Jess Melanson, Director of Energy Services, PSE&G; Sen. Bob Smith, Chair, New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
The panel was moderated by Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight cofounder and energy writer.