State Backs off Plan to Require Expensive Gas-to-Electric Boiler Conversions
December 9, 2022 | newjerseyglobe.com
Under pressure from some lawmakers facing re-election next year, New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn LaTourette has dropped a controversial plan to force more than 1,500 schools across to spend tens of millions to convert their boilers from gas to electric as a result of the state’s new Energy Master Plan.
A coalition of nearly three dozen business and labor groups joined together to oppose the plan, arguing that in addition to a cost of around $2 million per school, the regulation would result in higher property taxes and electric bills that would cost about 4-5 times more than gas.
NJ SEED: Is this another example of hidden costs in the Energy Master Plan? The ill-conceived multi-million dollar boiler conversion scheme demonstrates both why the public deserves to knowand why the government does not want the public to know the anticipated costs of the Plan.