Chivukula questions Christie decision excluding regional greenhouse gas initiative from energy master plan

TRENTON – Assemblyman Upendra J Chivukula (D-17), of Somerset, who wrote the state’s  Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), questioned Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to include RGGI in the continuously-delayed Energy Master Plan.

“The governor needs to be aware that RGGI is not something that he can choose to follow as he pleases, that it is in fact the law, a law that has helped stimulate the renewable energy business in New Jersey,” Chivukula said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

 “By his proposed actions, more economic and environmental harm will be inflicted upon New Jersey.

“The governor has already raided $78 million that was supposed to be used to create 25 combined heat and power plants (CHP),” Chivukula said. “We need to know how many jobs were lost by that decision alone.  To continue to disregard such important environmental and economic policies is reckless and dangerous.”

A statement from the Christie Administration was not immediately available.

Chivukula questions Christie decision excluding regional greenhouse gas initiative from energy master plan