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Murphy has no specific comment on looming boiler replacement costs

Governor pledges to implement environmental regulations ‘responsibly’

By Joey Fox, September 23 2022 5:14 pm

Asked today about the high costs many New Jersey schools may face due to new state environmental regulations governing large boilers, Gov. Phil Murphy had no specific comment but pledged generally to try to make the regulations workable.

“I don’t have a comment,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to make sure we do it responsibly, in a way where, if there’s a fiscal burden, we do it the right way.”

Under the Murphy administration’s Energy Master Plan, beginning on December 6, any new large boiler will have to be electric rather than gas, affecting roughly 1,500 schools and thousands more apartment buildings and businesses. According to Fuel Merchants of New Jersey executive vice president Eric DeGesero, replacing a gas boiler with an electric one could cost as much as $2 million, and heating costs would also subsequently be higher.

Two legislators, State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Washington), have proposed legislation to delay the implementation of the regulations, and State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) indicated yesterday that he’d be up for jumping on the boiler bandwagon.

“State wants schools to pay millions for ‘new electric boilers’ but State does not want to pay for them,” Bramnick tweeted. “More State mandates without the State pay. A formula for higher property taxes.”


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