Governor Murphy Signs Bills to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future
Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The legislation will increase solar development and facilitate installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state.
“Three and a half years ago we put forth one of the most aggressive plans in the nation to move New Jersey away from fossil fuels and towards a future based on clean and renewable energy technologies,” said Governor Murphy. “From wind-turbine component manufacturing, to solar energy installation, to electric vehicles, the modernization of our energy sector will not only aid us in addressing climate change, but also drive significant economic growth and create good-paying, union jobs across the state. By signing these bills today, we are marking another milestone on our path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and fueling our clean innovation economy.”
Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Protect New Jersey Workers, Employers From Unlawful Misclassification
Building on his commitment to making sure that workers and employers in New Jersey are treated fairly, Governor Murphy signed a four-bill legislative package furthering state efforts to stop employee misclassification.
“Workers who are misclassified as independent contractors miss out on fair wages and benefits,” said Governor Murphy. “These business practices are unfair, abusive, and illegal and they cannot be tolerated. Today’s action will give the state more tools to root-out and prevent misclassification. I am honored to sign these bills today on behalf of New Jersey’s workers.”
NJBPU Launches Year 2 of Popular Charge Up New Jersey Electric Vehicle Rebate Program
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities opened Year 2 of its Charge Up New Jersey electric vehicle (EV) incentive program taking one more step toward the Murphy Administration’s goal of getting 330,000 EVs on the road by 2025. Charge Up New Jersey provides a rebate of up to $5,000 toward a new EV purchased or leased in New Jersey. The incentive is available exclusively as a “point-of-sale” rebate applied during the purchase or leasing process at dealerships and requires a valid New Jersey driver’s license to get started. Only EVs registered and purchased in New Jersey are eligible.
“Transportation is responsible for over 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, as well as harmful air pollution, which often disproportionately impacts overburdened communities,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, NJBPU President. “Electrifying the transportation sector is a core strategy of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan because it will help tackle climate change while improving public health and air quality. Making EVs more affordable will encourage EV adoption and get us closer to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.”
Murphy Administration Enforces Strong Building Codes and Multi-Unit Housing Inspections Across the State
Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver reminded the public that the Division of Codes and Standards in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is at the forefront of enforcing building codes, in partnership with municipalities in the state, to protect the health and safety of people who live, work, and visit New Jersey.
“The Florida condominium collapse is a sobering reminder that inspections and enforcement of building codes are critical tools that keep people safe,” said Governor Murphy. “New Jersey’s building codes are among the strongest in the nation, and our residents can rest assured that the Department of Community Affairs goes above and beyond the nationwide standard. Through continued vigilance, we can prevent tragedies and save lives.”