Environment New Jersey, along with seven other organizations, submitted comments to the NJ Board of Public Utilities’ Office of Clean Energy on their FY21 budget proposal. The comments commended the preservation of the EV Rebate program in the NJBPU budget, but criticized the cuts of more than $78 million from energy efficiency over the last two budget years in the Office of Clean Energy budget.
the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced at their virtual meeting decision this morning to delay a decision on whether or not to approve permits for the proposed controversial liquid natural gas (LNG) New Fortress Energy Gibbstown, NJ port so the Commissioners could further assess the voluminous record and take a “careful look” at complex issues involved; and stay any construction there until final permit decisions are made by the DRBC Commissioners with a public vote. The three votes needed for passage of the delay and stay were cast by the NY, NJ and Delaware representatives. Pennsylvania abstained and the Trump Administration voted against the delay and stay. In a storm of controversy, the public had weighed in with over 71,000 petition signatures to DRBC to stop the project.
With summer in full swing, water pollution can close New Jerseybeaches or put swimmers’ health at risk.Last year, bacteria levels at New Jersey beaches indicated that water was potentially unsafe for swimming there on least one day 73 times, according to the new report Safe for Swimming? by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report comes as Congress is set to vote tomorrow on a major spending bill that includes an additional $11 billion for water infrastructure.
Today New Jersey was one of fifteen states to release an MOU laying out a collaborative framework to expand use of electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, with a target of 30% electric trucks by 2030 and 100% electric trucks by 2050.
Today, New Jersey announced the development of the New Jersey Wind Port, the first port in the country to be built specifically for offshore wind marshalling and manufacturing. The port will be sited in the Lower Alloway Creek area in Salem County on Artificial Island next to the Hope Creek Nuclear Generation site. The project is a significant step to bring an offshore wind supply chain to New Jersey and put New Jersey on the path to a 100% clean, renewable energy future.
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