Oroho Bill to Short Circuit Costly Electric Initiative Clears Senate

Senate approves Oroho bill to short circuit costly electricity initiative

Legislation would prohibit the state from mandating electrical heating in homes

The Senate today approved Senator Steve Oroho’s law prohibiting the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Board of Public Utilities, and any other government agency from mandating the use of electric heaters in buildings and homes.

“In some cases, the convenience of electricity can make sense, but homeowners and businesses should be able to make their own decisions without government forcing them,” said Oroho (R-24). “State authorities are not allowed to dictate how residents heat their homes.”

Bipartisan Bill S-4133 allows authorities to incentivize the installation of electric heaters or electric water heaters, but prevents them from enacting rules that require a move to all-electric appliances.

The state’s energy master plan, updated in 2019 at the direction of the governor, calls for homeowners to replace central heating with heat pumps by 2030 and electrify buildings by 2050.

According to the US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Five Year Estimate 2013-2017, 75 percent of households in New Jersey use natural gas to heat their homes, while only 12 percent use electricity.

“Three out of four houses in the state could face thousands of dollars in electrical heating costs, with estimates for a full house conversion reaching $ 20,000 or more,” Oroho said. “The high cost of living in New Jersey, compounded by oppressive tax rates, would be significantly increased by the power mandate.

“Property owners should decide whether and when to switch to electric. They shouldn’t be pressured by government bureaucrats and arbitrary deadlines, ”Oroho concluded.

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