In order to meet its ambitious goals for clean energy, New Jersey must rely increasingly on cleaner and greener sources of electricity, especially solar and wind power. Achieving that goal is expected to create a wealth of green jobs, ranging from engineers and developers to construction workers and system installer.
Making the transition to cheaper and cleaner sources of power should help create an economic environment that is far more hospitable to business. Essential to that effort is the development of a robust and resilient energy infrastructure -- a key concern in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Rebuilding after Sandy will enable energy providers to modernize their infrastructure and force state policy makers to make the right decisions.
Doing so could turn out to be a very pricey proposition for all ratepayers -- consumers, businesses, and manufacturers. One of the most important questions to ask about New Jersey's energy future is what will it cost. That -- and other tough questions -- will be considered carefully at the latest NJ Spotlight Roundtable: Can the Energy Sector Drive New Jersey's Economy?
Moderator: Tom Johnson, Cofounder and Energy Writer, NJ Spotlight
Ralph LaRossa, President and CEO, Public Service Electric & Gas
Frank Felder, Director, Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy, Rutgers University
Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), Chairman, Senate Environment and Energy Committee
Thomas J. Massaro, Vice President, Marketing and Business Intelligence, New Jersey Natural Gas