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  • As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off, New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast | Environment New Jersey
    nation and a city we can all believe in said Mayor Baraka The report was released on the roof of NJIT s Campus Center which is decked with 160 solar panels The panels were installed more than a decade ago by LB Electric produce 50 KW of power and has saved NJIT more than 300 000 over the last decade Achieving a sustainable world is one of NJIT s core missions and we view new forms of energy production as central to that goal Our scientists engineers and creative incubator companies are addressing this challenge on many fronts from more efficient silicon cell manufacturing technology to higher efficiency thin film photovoltaics to next generation paintable carbon nanotube PV to novel architectural design concepts for building integrated photovoltaics said Donald Sebastian president of NJIT s New Jersey Innovation Institute As Newark emerges as a leading Smart City NJIT will be there as a partner to infuse cutting edge technology into practical solutions for sustainable urban living Solar also helps to reduce air pollution especially on hot summer days when the electric grid is most strained and when ozone alerts are most common Essex County which garnered a failing grade in the American Lung Association s 2015 State of the Air report has more than 54 000 adults who suffer from asthma and more than 16 000 asthmatic children Hudson County received a D for air quality and has more than 47 000 asthmatic adults and more than 11 000 children who suffer from asthma Solar is also an investment against climate change and the heat island impact that scientists predict for cities Climate models predict that cities like Newark would face more than 70 days above 90 degrees later this century and 25 days above 100 degrees As the Paris climate talks commence today one of America s key policy initiatives in negotiations will be the EPA s Clean Power Plan which will reduce carbon emission by 32 by 2030 from the country s fossil fuel power sector Despite New Jersey s opposition to the plan solar is a key building block in complying with the EPA requirements to reduce New Jersey s carbon emissions by roughly a quarter oer the next 15 years While House Republicans plan a vote to oppose the initiative the vote is expected to be thwarted by a certain Presidential veto With prices going down concern about global warming going up and continued policy leadership at the city level solar power is growing rapidly in New Jersey s cities said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey As the Paris climate talks kick off our cities can be clean energy catalysts and help us to meet the EPA Clean Power Plan and reduce air pollution by allowing solar to shine The Obama Administration this summer announced a Solar For All initiative to make it easier for middle and low income communities to embrace solar Cities around the state have been assisted by local non profits

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/paris-climate-talks-kick-new-solar-report-shows-newark-top-city-capita-solar-northeast (2016-05-01)
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  • Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!: After Bidding, Off-Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies | Environment New Jersey
    the lease for sale only a handful ended up placing competitive bids Today s auction comes after last summer s proposed notice of sale and an extensive public comment period and five years after the signing by Gov Christie of the Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act Today s auction shows there s strong demand for off shore wind in New Jersey despite the delays of the Christie Administration said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Off shore wind won t be denied off the Jersey Shore and the multiple bids shows off shore wind companies are taking New Jersey seriously Even with the Christie Administration s inaction putting a damper on bids the potential for off shore wind is still a gold mine It s no longer a question if there will be off shore wind in New Jersey it is now a question of when More than 1 5 million acres off the Atlantic Coast now including close to 344 000 acres off New Jersey s waters which were successfully auctioned today have already been designated by state and federal officials for offshore wind power development and more are being considered These areas could produce more than 16 000 megawatts including more than 3 400 megawatts from New Jersey alone of virtually pollution free electricity These total areas of off shore wind development could equal as much as 16 fossil fuel burning power plants making offshore wind an attractive option for states developing plans to shift to clean energy to achieve the targets in Clean Power Plan recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA this August The final notice of sale required that off shore wind companies can t bid and be awarded both lease areas which led to the diversity of bids and the separate winners The proposed off shore wind lease area when fully developed could power more than 1 2 million homes The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City A map can be found here and extends 21 nautical miles off the Shore The Bureau of Ocean Management has already awarded nine commercial offshore wind leases including seven through the competitive lease sale process two in an area offshore Rhode Island Massachusetts another two offshore Massachusetts two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia These lease sales have generated about 14 5 million in winning bids for more than 700 000 acres in federal waters This July Deepwater Wind put steel in the water to officially begin the construction of the nation s first off shore wind mill of the coast of Rhode Island and near Block Island The project will deliver 30 megawatts In August more than 40 organizations legislators businesses unions and local officials delivered a letter to Gov Christie urging him to make offshore wind power which has vast potential in New Jersey a key part of the state s energy supply on the 5 year anniversary of his signing the Off

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/going-once-going-twice-sold-after-bidding-shore-wind-energy-areas-sold-jersey-shore-major-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • As Election Day Approaches, Environment New Jersey Releases 2015 State Endorsements | Environment New Jersey
    from the impacts of proposed natural gas pipelines through the county and the Pinelands National Reserve Every election is important for the environment but especially an election that even the greenest of voters might think that it s not important enough turn out next Tuesday said O Malley We want to send a clear message to our supporters and the public that their vote matters on the environment and these champions deserve your vote Environment New Jersey Inc a citizen based environmental advocacy group with offices in New Brunswick and Trenton represents more than 20 000 dues paying members across New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace D 38 a legislator who has proven his green credentials has championed electric car infrastructure as well as being a Nissan Leaf driver has opposed giveaways to developers and advocated for clean energy programs including being the lead sponsor in the Assembly of legislation to power New Jersey with 80 clean renewable energy by 2050 He also has strongly supported efforts to ban fracking waste from being dumped in New Jersey s waterways and opposed the fare hikes at NJ Transit Assemblyman Joe Lagana D 38 is a freshman legislator who has championed the importance of New Jersey rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatve RGGI He is the lead sponsor of Assembly legislation to override the NJDEP regulation pulling us out of the RGGI climate program and has been a strong ally against standing up to the legacy of environmental rollbacks of the Christie Administration Assemblyman John McKeon D 27 is the Vice Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee and was a prime sponsor for a package of bills to protect Barnegat Bay most notably legislation to set strict pollution limits for the Bay which was vetoed by the Governor The Assemblyman was the leading prime sponsor of legislation to defend the RGGI program by overriding the Christie Administration s regulation pulling the state out of the program governing RGGI He was a prime sponsor of a groundbreaking bill that establishes financing for wind energy off New Jersey s coasts and is a supporter of new legislation to expand the state s renewable energy to 80 by 2050 and set a mandatory state policy that would cut energy demand by 20 The Assemblyman has consistently worked against and voted against bills that would weaken environmental protections including allowing NJDEP to make substantial changes without taking public comment and efforts to expedite development projects without environmental reviews Assemblywoman Mila Jasey D 27 has consistently opposed environmental deregulation bills and was a prime sponsor along with Assemblyman McKeon of a bill to set strict pollution limits to clean up Barnegat Bay She also co sponsored legislation to defend the RGGI program and has been a staunch ally through her years in the Legislature and has been willing to stand up to party leadership to oppose bills allowing developers to sidestep environmental protections Assemblyman Reed Gusciora D 15 Gusciora is a former chair of the Assembly Environment Committee

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/election-day-approaches-environment-new-jersey-releases-2015-state-endorsements (2016-05-01)
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  • Commuters & Advocates Protest NJ Transit Fare Increases, Warn of Future Fare Hikes Because of Tranit Funding Crisis | Environment New Jersey
    25 percent and New Jersey riders pay the highest fares in the nation Come 2017 the Transportation Trust Fund will not have enough money to pay for even its debt service stifling New Jersey s ability to fund much needed capital improvements to expand mass transit and repair its crumbling roads and bridges said Janna Chernetz Senior New Jersey Policy Analyst for Tri State Transportation Campaign We re nearly halfway to the unveiling of our next state budget and we re not any closer to solving our transportation crisis so riders aren t facing a worse crunch next year The 2016 state budget included just 33 million in state subsidy for NJ Transit which paved the way for the NJ Transit fare hike as well as the continued raid of the Clean Energy Fund of 62 million and redirection of 295 million from the Turnpike Authority that was supposed to be dedicated to the cancelled ARC tunnel The fare hikes and service cuts highlight the severity of the multi faceted transportation funding crisis in New Jersey The fare hikes set to go into effect this week while not as large as 2010 s hikes will nonetheless harm New Jersey s working families and its economy advocates warned New Jersey s low wage workers are falling further and further behind as wages stagnate poverty stays stubbornly high and now those who depend on public transit will have to pay an even larger share of their income just to get to work said Serena Rice Executive Director of the Anti Poverty Network of New Jersey If we want to grow our economy we need to stop making it harder for our workers to get to work How can we possibly expect to build a strong economy if people cannot get to work asked Ann Vardeman Program Director at New Jersey Citizen Action We cannot continue to stand by and watch our public transit infrastructure crumble We need our elected leaders to stand up for the working people of New Jersey and properly fund transportation There is no more time to kick the can down the road The fare hikes will also harm New Jersey s environment as higher fares and sub par service sends more New Jerseyans into their cars This week starts the great train robbery and bus robbery Not only does the 9 percent increase rob pockets of commuters it will cause a drop in ridership putting more people back in cars and leading to more traffic and pollution said Jeff Tittel Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club The Christie Administration could have easily come up with additional funding sources like a gas tax to prevent this hike but instead they ve told thousands of people who opposed it to take a hike This will hurt our economy and businesses people will be delayed and get to work late while worsening our air quality problems Cyndi Steiner executive director of the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition added that these

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/commuters-advocates-protest-nj-transit-fare-increases-warn-future-fare-hikes-because-tranit (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean and Green Forum Puts Focus on Capital City in Debate on PennEast Pipeline, Fracking and the Green Job Economy | Environment New Jersey
    water in Trenton are a real concern More immediately the proposed PennEast pipeline brings home the impacts of fracking to Trenton s back door with a 110 mile pipeline terminating right outside of the city said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey which is based in Trenton The panel was opened with a statement by Kari Osmond District Director for Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman who has been a steadfast opponent to the PennEast pipeline In recent years we have witnessed the destructive capacity of climate change right here in New Jersey further underscoring the importance of our role as environmental stewards We all have a part to play in limiting our carbon footprints supporting green initiatives and standing against those who seek profit at the expense of our environment The proposed PennEast pipeline flies in the face of those efforts cutting through protected and preserved land risking habitat for endangered species and threatening crucial water resources I stand in firm opposition to the pipeline and any project that puts corporations before the preservation of our environment We must stand together to protect our natural resources said Congresswoman Watson Coleman D 12 Senator Shirley K Turner who represents Trenton said Our residents have made it clear that their priority is to protect and preserve our state s open spaces agricultural land and natural resources Allowing the billions of dollars our taxpayers have invested for conservation and land and waterway protection to be wasted for corporate profit would be reprehensible The Delaware River provides 30 of New Jersey s drinking water but New Jersey only controls 23 3 of the water shed Pennsylvania controls 50 3 and New York controls 18 5 said Jerry Haimowitz an Environmental Engineer To protect the Delaware New Jersey should ban the disposal of fracking waste at sewage treatment plants in New Jersey support the DRBC and New York bans on fracking and ask DRBC and NY to ban the disposal of fracking waste in their sewage treatment plants The Citizens Campaign an organization that has been working directly with Trenton residents hosted the second section of the evening Civic Trustees a new force for strengthening Trenton s ability to tackle tough issues served as panelists Through the over 30 local leaders within our Trenton Civic Trust we have already demonstrated how a solutions oriented no blame approach can generate tangible results including on critical environmental issues said Harry Pozycki President of The Citizens Campaign In fact as a direct result of the leadership of the Trenton Civic Trustees the City of Trenton is the first City in all of New Jersey to adopt the Storm Flood Protection Resolution associated with addressing the quality and capacity of its combined sewer overflows CSO From developing the resolution language to navigating the approval process through the City s Planning Board our Civic Trustees played the most vital role in enabling the City to better address long term recovery efforts along with making further progress with its green

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/clean-and-green-forum-puts-focus-capital-city-debate-penneast-pipeline-fracking-and-green (2016-05-01)
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  • NJ Off-Shore Wind Advocates Urge Obama Administration To Keep Moving Forward on Wind | Environment New Jersey
    shore wind must be a key component of cutting New Jersey s carbon pollution and moving towards a clean energy economy That s why we re urging Gov Christie to finally implement his own off shore wind bill from five years ago It s never too late to follow your own law said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey Thankfully the federal government isn t pushing the pause button on clean energy November s auction of off shore water will finally put a price tag on the economic value of off shore wind The move by the Department of Interior comes after five years of inaction by the Christie Administration to implement a bill signed by Gov Christie in August 2010 greenlighting off shore wind and creating a timeline for the Board of Public Utilities to create an off shore wind program Five years later the state has still not implemented the bill The year so far has marked a major milestone in America s pursuit of offshore wind power with our first project finally under construction off the coast of Rhode Island said the letter We are counting on your leadership to ensure that the Block Island offshore wind farm is truly the beginning of a new energy chapter for America This July BPU President Rick Mroz promised during his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing that the BPU would hire an independent consultant to assist the BPU with the creation of an off shore wind program The Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act had a goal of 1 100 MW from off shore wind and the recently reviewed Energy Master Plan discussed the potential for 3 000 MW of off shore wind off the Jersey Shore Momentum is building for offshore wind in the U S This summer

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/nj-shore-wind-advocates-urge-obama-administration-keep-moving-forward-wind (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    oil and gas this March The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President s climate legacy Read more PREV NEXT News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Exxon Gov Christie You ve Been Served Enviros File Legal Action To Stop Historic Environmental Sell Out Seven environmental groups representing hundreds of thousands of citizen members filed a motion this morning to intervene in litigation brought by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection against ExxonMobil Corporation The filing focused on damages due for generations of toxic pollution at the Bayonne and Linden refineries 16 other Exxon sites around the state and more than 800 gas stations for soil and water contamination across New Jersey and urged the court to reject the proposed settlement Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Obama Admin s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams More than 4 000 miles of New Jersey s streams including those feeding the Delaware and the Jersey Shore will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years Keep Reading Blog Post Inspiring for clean water one paddle at a time Russell Bassett Margo Pellegrino a solo paddler currently in the midst of an epic journey in her outrigger canoe is inspiration personified Pellegrino is a paddler with a purpose She s raising awareness of watershed issues that impact our drinking water health and way of life Instead of doom and gloom Margo s message is one of hope that the problems our waterways face can be fixed Keep

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • Tired of Waiting, Feds Move Forward On Off-Shore Wind Leases Off the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    makes it even more critical for the Christie Administration to move forward with the long stalled state off shore wind program New Jersey s off shore wind potential is still a gold mine and can power our state with clean energy for decades to come More than 1 5 million acres off the Atlantic Coast now including close to 344 000 acres off New Jersey s waters which were announced today for the final notice of sale of leases have already been designated by state and federal officials for offshore wind power development and more are being considered These areas could produce more than 16 000 megawatts including more than 3 400 megawatts from New Jersey alone of virtually pollution free electricity These total areas of off shore wind development could equal as much as 16 fossil fuel burning power plants making offshore wind an attractive option for states developing plans to shift to clean energy to achieve the targets in Clean Power Plan recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA in early August I am glad to see BOEM moving forward with plans to auction off 344 000 acres off the coast of New Jersey for the development of clean limitless wind power said Senator Robert Menendez D NJ Projects like this are vital in our fight to expand clean energy cut carbon pollution and create good paying jobs Today s announcement is just another example of how New Jersey can become a national leader in the clean energy economy There will be two lease areas in the total Wind Energy Areas that will be put up for auction by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM The final notice of sale will require that off shore wind companies can t bid and be awarded both lease areas The proposed off shore wind lease area if fully developed could power more than 1 2 million homes The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City A map can be found here The Bureau of Ocean Management has already awarded nine commercial offshore wind leases including seven through the competitive lease sale process two in an area offshore Rhode Island Massachusetts another two offshore Massachusetts two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia These lease sales have generated about 14 5 million in winning bids for more than 700 000 acres in federal waters This July Deepwater Wind put steel in the water to officially begin the construction of the nation s first off shore wind mill of the coast of Rhode Island and near Block Island The project will deliver 30 megawatts Last month more than 40 organizations legislators businesses unions and local officials delivered a letter to Gov Christie urging him to make offshore wind power which has vast potential in New Jersey a key part of the state s energy supply on the 5 year anniversary of his signing the Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act OWEDA The legislation s intent

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/tired-waiting-feds-move-forward-shore-wind-leases-jersey-shore (2016-05-01)
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