(Trenton) – This upcoming Thursday, March 17th, 2022, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Middlesex), Chair of the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure & Natural Resources, will host a discussion on the implementation of wave and tidal energy technology in New Jersey. Testimony from invited guests will include information on the extent to which wave energy is generated and supplied to consumers across the globe, where in the State wave energy technology can be deployed, how the State can most effectively harness and facilitate the expanded use of this energy resource, and ideas for future legislative action on this subject.
“The harsh impacts and costly realities of climate change are all too familiar in New Jersey, but innovative renewable energy solutions, such as wave energy, will help mitigate those challenges,” said Karabinchak. “We believe that wave energy can create hundreds of high-paying jobs, help spur economic development across the region, and continue putting New Jersey on the path toward a 100% clean energy future.”
Chairman Karabinchak plans to introduce new legislation this session to bolster wave energy as the next, up-and-coming renewable energy source for the State. Recognizing this technology’s incredible potential, New Jersey will aim to include wave energy in its Energy Master Plan and develop a streamlined process for its deployment along the coast and offshore. This action will help New Jersey to become one of the first U.S. states or territories to have a commercial wave energy facility in operation.
The committee meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on March 17, 2022, and will include invited guests from research institutions, several marine energy technology companies from the United States and abroad, environmental advocates, and other interested parties.
The meeting is open to the public/press and can be accessed live at the following link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/live-proceedings (ANR hearing will show up on March 17, 2022).