What is it?
Did you know that 75% of New Jersey households rely on natural gas as the primary heating fuel? That’s 2.4 MILLION homes (2019 census data) that depend on this reliable, affordable and abundant energy source to keep warm. On top of this, natural gas generated nearly 50% of New Jersey’s electricity in 2020 alone.
However, some New Jersey lawmakers have proposed ending the use of natural gas, potentially costing families thousands of dollars and electric power grid reliability. Thankfully, some policymakers are working to protect consumer choice and ensure New Jerseyans will not be subjected to costly mandates. Sign the pledge today if you support natural gas in the Garden State!
- A mandate to upgrade appliances could impact low-income families the most, requiring them to directly pay for new appliances or cause rent increases. The cost to convert an entire home could exceed $20,000.
- Natural gas helps increase electric power grid reliability—less black and brown outs—by providing power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
- An all-electric mandate could mean families who prefer cooking on gas stoves must update to electric stoves.
- As a result of the growing use of natural gas, U.S. carbon emissions are at the lowest they’ve been in a generation, declining by 30% between 2005 to 2019, even as the economy grew 28%. Natural gas is a safe, abundant and less carbon-intensive energy source than coal, through which all of New Jersey benefits.
Do you support natural gas in New Jersey?