Gov. Christie Thursday outlined an energy plan that includes solar, wind, natural gas plants, possibly nuclear, but turns away from coal and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
In announcing the state’s exit from RGGI by year’s end, he said the state will pursue cleaner energy by establishing the offshore wind turbines, increasing solar energy, and examining the advisability of nuclear power’s place in the equation.
“It’s going to mean lower costs to consumers,’’ he said. It may not be a huge difference by pulling out of RGGI, but overall he said this had to be done because he does not believe that initiative was working the way it was intended.
He said the state will appeal FERC’s decision that is impeding its pursuit of new natural gas power plants in New Jersey.
“I still think nuclear has to play a role here,’’ he said. He said the safe operation of such plants has a role in the state. Whether it is an expanded role is not up to him, but private industry has to decide whether there is an advantage to pursuing it.