LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Energy independence is the key to a secure economic future, Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer says.
She was reminded of that need during a recent tour of the Salem and Hope Creek generating stations in Salem County. PSEG Nuclear invited her—along with Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho, Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Assembly members Bethanne McCarthy Patrick, Antwan McClellan, Don Guardian, Claire Swift, and Christian Barranco—to witness a reactor refueling at Hope Creek while discussing energy policies. The group also visited the New Jersey Wind Port.
“This issue is personal for me, not simply as a politician or consumer, but as someone with a deep connection to South Jersey,” Sawyer (R-Gloucester) said. “PSEG Nuclear has been a good neighbor with keeping our lights on, our workers employed, and our residents safe. I’m committed to supporting ways to keep these plants running for many more years to come.”
Sawyer recently introduced a bill (A4561) that creates a wind and nuclear production apprenticeship grant program. Those grants will help fund newly established apprenticeship programs established by businesses, vocational schools, colleges, nonprofits and other groups.
Salem and Hope Creek, the second-largest nuclear generating facility in the country, employ 1,600 persons and contribute more than $1 billion annually to the local economy. Nearly half of New Jersey is powered by these generating stations. Hope Creek is scheduled to run through 2046 and Salem through 2040.
“Let’s think generationally. We need jobs in South Jersey. We need to invest in clean energy. Nuclear is the cheapest, cleanest, most reliable power source on the planet. Wind is an exciting, emerging technology we need to further explore,” Sawyer added. “Helping industry find and train talented people to innovate and work in these industries is going to keep our state strong and independent.”