QUIJANO, CRYAN & CHIVUKULA BILL TO PROMOTE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ADVANCED BY SENATE PANEL

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula sponsored to promote independence from the traditional reliance on petroleum-based fossil fuels was advanced Thursday by a Senate panel.

The bill (A-1052) requires the state to purchase and use biofuels in place of fossil fuels if the cost is the same or less, and if the purchase and use of biofuels is deemed to be reasonable, prudent and cost effective.

The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly in May and released Thursday by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“New Jersey is one of the leading states in the nation in the advancement of alternative energy technologies,” said Quijano (D-Union.). “Reducing our fossil-fuel dependence by using more renewable reDests, such as biofuel has the potential to significantly improve local air quality, reduce the state’s dependence on foreign oil and reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions.”

“It’s in everyone’s best interest for the state, when it makes sense to do so, to advance biofuel technologies by fostering the production and purchase of biofuels,” said Cryan (D-Union). “Promoting alternative energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing reliance on petroleum-based fossil fuels are smart approaches, both environmentally and economically.”

“New Jersey can lead by example by promoting alternative energies and helping boost their production right here in the Garden State,” said Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex). “This policy could help save taxpayers money, create jobs and spark economic development, all of which would benefit New Jersey.”

The Senate panel amended the bill to clarify the definition of biofuels, so if approved by the Senate it would have to return to the Assembly for concurrence.

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