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

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 approved Monday by the Senate.

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. It was unanimously approved by the Senate 37-0 today, but will need to return to the Assembly for final approval because of minor amendments.

“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 resources, 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 amended the bill to clarify the definition of biofuels.