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Explainer: Exploring the Promise of New Jersey's Energy Master Plan

In 2011, the state adopted a plan to revamp its energy policies, one that aimed to lower gas and electric bills for consumers while creating of a vibrant solar industry and a robust offshore wind sector.

Explainer: Exploring the Promise of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan

In 2011, the state adopted a plan to revamp its energy policies, one that aimed to lower gas and electric bills for consumers while creating of a vibrant solar industry and a robust offshore wind sector.

Three years later, the plan is looking less like a roadmap to a secure and cheaper energy future for New Jersey, and more like a highway pitted with potholes and unexpected detours, leading to questions over the reliability of the power grid.

How so? Many of the initiatives the Christie administration laid out in its Energy Master Plan have yet to be realized, raising questions as to whether in 2020 -- when many of those goals are supposed to be accomplished -- where will the state find the electricity to power homes and businesses and at what cost.

Questions abound about many aspects of the plan, ranging from the prospects of an offshore wind industry along the Jersey coast, to its once flourishing solar sector, to a controversial program to promote new power plants in the state by subsidizing their development with money from already strapped utility customers.

What’s gone right, sort of

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