Gov. Murphy Announces Aggressive Wind Energy Goals

Steve Burns
November 19, 2019 - 2:42 pm
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by former Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday as the pair announced some lofty goals for renewable energy.

Calling it a “win” for the environment, economy and future, Murphy signed an executive order that commits the state to producing 7,500 megawatts of electricity through wind energy by 2035.

The goal is more than double Murphy’s previous goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030.

He told reporters that the new goal will be enough to meet half of the state's electrical needs.

“That's more investment. That's more jobs. That's more clean energy,” Murphy said.

The move was applauded by Gore, who is one of the country's most well-known climate activist.

“This is a really significant accomplishment,” Gore said. “Governor Murphy's leadership could not be more timely.”

But activists like Paula Ragovin with “Don’t Gas the Meadowlands” say Murphy should be doing more, with around 15 power plants and pipelines still being planned across the state.

“We've been working for a year now to get him to issue a moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure projects,” she told WCBS 880’s Steve Burns.

It’s unclear if the Murphy administration will be taking steps to address the complaints.