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New Jersey Senate committee advances bill barring state from mandating homes and businesses use electric heat

Added 12-07-21 06:23:01pm EST - “The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs signed off on a bill to bar any state agency from mandating electric heating or water heating systems in homes and businesses.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “New Jersey Senate committee advances bill barring state from mandating homes and businesses use electric heat”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs signed off on a bill to bar any state agency from mandating electric heating or water heating systems in homes and businesses.

While the bipartisan S-4133 prohibits a mandate, it does not bar anyone from using electric heat or water heating systems. It also allows state agencies to offer incentives to install an electric heat or electric water heater.

“State agencies have no business dictating how residents heat their homes or live their lives,” state Sen. Steve Oroho, R-Sussex, said in a statement. “In some cases, the convenience of electricity may make sense, but homeowners and businesses should be able to make their own choices without government forcing them to do it.

“The high cost of living in New Jersey, boosted by oppressive tax rates, would be increased significantly by the electric mandate,” Oroho added. “Three of every four homes in the state could be faced with thousands of dollars in expenses to convert to electric heat, with estimates for a full-house conversion reaching or exceeding $20,000.”

Pushing homes and businesses to use electric heat is part of the state’s Energy Master Plan (EMP), which Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled in January 2020. The governor said he wants to put the state on a track to use 100% clean energy by 2050.

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