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.
Newark ranked 17th for solar energy capacity per capita among the nation’s leaders, which ranked cities across the nation that have 50 or more watts of solar PV per person. Newark has a 27 total megawatts (MW) of solar power installed throughout the city. The results come from the seventh edition of Shining Cities, a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in U.S. cities.
Three New Jersey state agencies today jointly announced the final Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Strategic Funding Plan which will guide the disbursement of dollars from New Jersey’s first participation in a RGGI auction in close to a decade. New Jersey officially rejoined the RGGI program on January 1, directly following Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 7 directing the state to rejoin the program. The agencies are the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and NJ Economic Development Agency (NJEDA).
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published a rule yesterday that it will apply one of its strongest clean water protections to 600 miles of rivers and streams throughout the state. The new Category One designations are the first made in over a decade and set strict limits on pollution and development for parts of the Salem River in South Jersey; the South Branch of the Raritan and Lamington Rivers and Jacob’s Creek in Central Jersey, and the Ramapo River in North Jersey among many others. The upgrades also include a two-mile stretch of the Cooper River, the first urban waterway in the state to be protected.
As New Jersey starts its PACT (Protecting Against Climate Threats) process to develop regulations to protect us from the threats of climate change, 97 diverse organizations across the state delivered a letter calling upon Governor Phil Murphy, DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe and BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso to ensure this process sets an unconditional goal to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 45% (over 2010 levels) by 2030. This is the same GHG target the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC) set in its 2018 report to limit the global warming increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to protect the world from the worst impacts of climate change.
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