Gov. Murphy's Administration is formally taking steps to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, a landmark program to reduce carbon pollution from power plants in the Northeast, after a seven year absence. NJDEP is proposing regulations that would allow New Jersey to join the regional carbon pollution credits auction in 2020 and set a cap on carbon pollution emissions from its fossil fuel power plants.
If New Jersey Transit transitioned its entire fleet of transit buses to all-electric vehicles, it could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions each year and reduce toxic air pollution that creates a public health hazard. A new report from Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, “Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthier Neighborhoods and Cleaner Air,” shows that a transition to electric buses for NJ Transit could avoid climate-altering and localized air pollution each day without losing reliability.
As the 4th Energy Master Plan hearing on the electric grid kicked off this morning, Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center released a new report documenting the rise of renewables and clean energy technology across New Jersey, and illustrating the state’s mixed record over the last decade. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles, as well as clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind as well as the expansion of energy efficiency technologies.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities at their monthly board meeting supported a major step forward to harness New Jersey’s offshore wind potential by a unanimous vote. NJ BPU voted to support inviting bids for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind via Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 8 by opening the application window for Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs). Last week, at the Global Climate Action Summit, in San Francisco, Gov. Murphy pledged to move forward with this solicitation and also called for future action on off-shore wind with solicitations of 1,200 MW in 2020 and 2022.
Governor Phil Murphy today at the Global Climate Summit announced a major step forward to harness New Jersey’s off-shore wind potential. This coming Monday, the NJ BPU will consider inviting bids for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind and the Governor also called for future solititications of 1,200 MW in 2020 and 2022 in huge news for offshore wind in New Jersey.