Is natural gas the bridge that helps lower sky-high energy costs in the state and provides an alternative transportation fuel that begins to wean New Jersey off its reliance on oil? The state’s draft Energy Master Plan envisions it playing a crucial role in the state’s future, as long as New Jersey’s gas infrastructure is expanded to take advantage of new supplies in the Marcellus Shale. Is that too much reliance on a fossil fuel, a dependence that will thwart efforts to achieve the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal? Those and other critical questions were addressed by consumer advocates, environmentalists, businesspeople, and other stakeholders at NJ Spotlight’s roundtable on The Role of Natural Gas in New Jersey’s Energy Future.
Panelists: Stefanie Brand, Director, New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel; Dena Mottola, Executive Director, Environment NJ; Jeffrey C. Scheininger, Chairman, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, President, Flexline/U.S. Brass & Copper Corp.; Steven Gabel, President, Gabel Associates; Kathleen T. Ellis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Natural Gas; Edward J. Graham, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, South Jersey Gas; Cyrille du Peloux, President and Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Energy North America.
Chapter 1: Introductions and Opening Remarks
The “mathematics” of natural gas appear unassailable: There’s no way to keep the lights on in the Garden State without natural gas replacing at least some coal.
Chapter 2: Panel Discussion
Can New Jersey implement its new State Master Plan, while moving to greater reliance on gas-fired generation, and still meet the state’s strict guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions?