NEW JERSEY, September 27, 2017 - Legislation that would allow subsidies to grow the New Jersey nuclear power industry does not sit well with state residents, according to a new poll of voters. More than half of respondents said they would reject lawmakers’ attempts to sweeten the deal for nuclear power providers beyond what consumers already pay on their electric bills. The opposition is bipartisan with 66 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Independents opposing such an initiative.
The telephone survey of 804 registered New Jersey voters was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The New Jersey Petroleum Council, a division of API, urged members of the state legislature to reject any measure that could raise costs for consumers and hurt workers across the state.
“Picking winners and losers in the electricity markets by providing subsidies to nuclear plants, or any energy facility, at the expense of consumers would diminish the benefits that clean natural gas has brought to our state,” said New Jersey Petroleum Council Executive Director Jim Benton. “Moving forward, the legislature should reject any measure that would subsidize nuclear plants or any other energy facility at the expense of New Jersey’s consumers, workers, and environment.”
Nearly three-quarters of respondents felt that the electricity market in New Jersey should be based on the marketplace, and not on particular corporations that receive government grants.
About two-thirds of respondents believed that consumers get a lower price if electricity generators compete to provide power. The survey is part of API’s public opinion series titled “What America is Thinking on Energy Issues.”
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