With PennEast announcing that it is halting its 120-mile pipeline project due to a lack of New Jersey environmental permits this week, the conversation has turned to what it will mean for other natural gas project in the state.
NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor told NJ Spotlight News this week that New Jersey shouldn’t abandon natural gas while renewable alternatives are still not set as the state aims for 100% clean energy by 2050.
“We can’t just say we’re going to eliminate natural gas and natural-gas infrastructure without having realistic replacements,” Cantor told NJ Spotlight reporter Tom Johnson.
“We need reliable, affordable baseline power and it can’t just come from intermittent energy sources,” he said.
Cantor said as PennEast gives up its long fight, “there is an atmosphere, and an environment, in the state and in the nation where people are putting roadblocks into natural gas projects, and that, in and of itself, makes it more challenging and more costly and less predictable.”