Energy Master Plan hearings postponed

The state Tuesday afternoon postponed hearings that were scheduled to begin Friday regarding changes to the Energy Master Plan.

Hearings had been slated for Friday at the N.J. Institute of Technology in Newark, May 25 at Richard Stockton College, and June 1 at the Statehouse Annex, but Tuesday afternoon the state sent out a notice that Friday’s hearing will not be held.

The Christie administration has been working on an update of the Energy Master Plan.

The state chapter of the Sierra Club criticized the administration for the delays in the Energy Master Plan and the hearings that are to accompany it.

“The delay may actually be good since the Energy Master Plan was heading in the wrong direction.” Said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter. “The delay may give us time to work to fix the plan.”

The plan, scheduled to be unveiled in December, has not been released. Environmentalists have expressed concern that the plan will reduce the amount of ‘green’ energy initiatives.

Tittel said another issue is that in light of the nuclear plant damaged in Japan, the administration may have been forced to rethink plans for more nuclear energy in this state.

A spokesman for the governor’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.

  Energy Master Plan hearings postponed