Improving Air Quality through Energy Efficiency and Conservation
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New Jersey Clean Air Council Clean Air Council 2007 Hearing Annual Public Hearing The Power of Government However, like other factors that affect consumer Improving Air Quality Policy and an Educated Public and industry choices, energy efficiency is a com- plicated policy issue. through Energy Efficiency The Challenge The Clean Air Council is an advisory body to the DEP. Each year the Council releases a report and Conservation The Clean Air Council of New Jersey invites you to attend its annual public hearing at 9:30 a.m. highlighting air quality issues affecting New Jersey. This year the Council is seeking information and The Power of Government Policy on April 11, 2007 in the public hearing room of public comment that will assist the Council with the New Jersey Department of Environmental and an Educated Public Protection (DEP) offices in Trenton. Based on making sound recommendations to the DEP regarding the incorporation of energy efficiency testimony offered during the hearing, the Council measures into New Jersey’s air quality protection will be making recommendations to the DEP to programs. The desired information includes the address the improvement of air quality through following topics: energy efficiency in New Jersey. Air Quality: Public Health & Welfare Effects ❧ Energy and its use are essential to modern society, with worldwide demand for energy increas- Program Scope – Local/State/Regional/Global ing annually. Many forms of energy production Electric Power and use result in air pollution, which affects public Transportation health and welfare and all forms of energy use have potential environmental impacts. Conservation / Efficiency Public Education Tel: (609) 633-2007 Fax: (609) 984-6369 ❧ Traditional approaches to air pollution control have focused on source control, and pollution Questions for the Hearing prevention can be a cost effective means to im- P.O. Box 027, 401 E. State St. New Jersey Clean Air Council prove air quality. An important realization is that Speakers are invited to address the Council in www.nj.gov/dep/cleanair energy efficiency can fit into the pollution pre- Trenton, NJ 08625-0027 response to the following questions: vention philosophy, because improvements in April 11, 2007 energy efficiency — through technology and 1. What are the impacts on air quality from 9:30 a.m. energy conservation — have a great potential to energy production and use? N.J. Department of Environmental Protection enhance air quality. 401 E. State St., Trenton, N.J. 2. In what sectors can energy efficiency be im- ❧ Government policies should encourage a co- proved and to what extent? Jon S. Corzine, Governor ordinated and holistic approach to energy effi- Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner ciency and should incorporate these concepts James Blando, Ph.D., Chairman into economic and environmental programs. Continued on next page 3. What are the costs or savings and air 12. What are the barriers to energy efficient The hearing record will remain open until May Public Hearing quality benefits achieved by improving choices by the general public? 4, 2007 to allow for receipt of additional written Notice of Intention to Attend energy efficiency? testimony. Such testimony may be mailed to the 13. What incentives for industry and consumers following address: 4. How does energy efficiency fit into the are effective at increasing energy conservation portfolio of government policies regarding and reducing air pollution? New Jersey Clean Air Council ❏ I plan only to attend the April 11, 2007, air quality? 401 E. State St. Clean Air Council public hearing. 14. How do product life cycles and waste-to- P.O. Box 027 Trenton, NJ 08625-0027 5. Since New Jersey is a participant in the energy fit into an energy plan that will result ❏ I plan to attend and to testify at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in an overall reduction in air pollution? (RGGI), which includes a CO2 emissions public hearing. trading program, what are the potential 15. Transportation sources constitute a significant The Clean Air Council strengths and weaknesses of CO2 emissions energy use in New Jersey. New Jersey has trading programs to reduce the use of already adopted the California low-emission First convened in 1968, the Clean Air Council Name fossil fuels and global warming gases? vehicle (LEV) program, which includes CO2 was created by the Legislature to make recom- emission reductions. California is now in the mendations to the state of New Jersey on mat- Company 6. What are the predictions for energy de- process of including CO2 emission reduc- ters and programs pertaining to air pollution mand in the future and how is this linked tions. What are the potential energy and fuel control. Organization to predictions for changes in air quality? savings for this program in New Jersey? For more information on the Clean Air Council, Title visit www.nj.gov/dep/cleanair. 7. What are effective strategies for improving Hearing Procedures air quality through energy efficiency Address within our communities and industries? The Clean Air Council has invited guest speakers who Directions to DEP will address many of these topics and provide 8. What are new environmentally friendly suggestions to help New Jersey meet its energy and Perry St. City N. Clinton Ave. technologies that can be used to improve air quality challenges. Interested residents of New [ Stockton St. energy efficiency and thereby reduce air Carroll St. 1 Ewing St. Canal St. Jersey are invited and encouraged to participate. State Zip pollution? E. State St. E. State St. Anyone wishing to attend and/or testify during this DEP P Phone 9. How does the Leadership in Energy and public hearing is asked to complete the attached Armory Public Environmental Design (LEED) program Notice of Intention to Attend and mail it to the Dr. Garage Cemetery rg Fax Parking enhance energy efficiency in buildings Permit be Clean Air Council by March 21, 2007. all en and enhance air quality within buildings? Ra ou lW E-mail Those wishing to testify should also contact Ms. ain Tration 10. How much interest and motivation exists Market St. St Sonia Evans at (609) 633-2007, via email at among consumers to conserve energy, email@example.com or by fax at (609) 984-6369. Greenwood Ave. 33 and does the public understand how this Presenters will be allowed 10 minutes and are Br oa dS is linked to air quality? asked to bring 25 copies of their remarks for use t. S. Clinton Ave. Key: by Council members, the hearing transcriber and 129 P Visitor Parking Please mail by March 21, 2007, to: New Jersey 11. What programs have effectively educated the press. Building Entrances Clean Air Council, 401 E. State St., P.O. Box 027, and motivated the public to conserve 1 Hamilton Ave. Trenton, NJ 08625-0027 energy and reduce air pollution?