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Pipefitters union leader opposes Murphy electrification plan

By David Wildstein, September 13 2021 9:47 am

Mercer County Central Labor Council president Michael K. Maloney. (Photo: NJ Building and Construction Trades).

A top labor leader is opposing a section in Gov. Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan that requires an enhancement to the state’s electric infrastructure to require all-electric cars and buildings.

“The New Jersey Pipe Trades have supported the Administration in all the actions they have taken to promote the working men and women of this state. However, we oppose the Energy Master Plan’s mandate for all electric heat,” said Michael Maloney, the president of the New Jersey Association of Pipe Trades.  “Electric heat pumps do not provide enough warmth when it’s cold outside, which will require electric resistance heat as a backup on top of the exorbitant cost and effort to retrofit homes and other buildings.”

Maloney is also the president of the Mercer County Central Labor Council and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 9 business manager.

According to Affordable Energy for New Jersey, a non-profit advocacy group run by business and labor groups, the implementation cost of the proposal to the state will be about $525 billion.

The Murphy plan seeks to reach 100% clean energy for New Jersey by 2050.  Legislation he signed in July would increase solar development and advance electric vehicle charging station installations throughout the state.

“For these reasons, the New Jersey Pipe Trades supports the Smart Heat NJ campaign promoting affordable, sustainable, and achievable goals to meet our climate challenges,” Maloney said.

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