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  • New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power | Environment New Jersey
    To address the growing threat of climate change in June the U S EPA proposed its Clean Power Plan which would require power plants in New Jersey to cut carbon emissions 43 percent by 2030 The plan is open for public comment until December 1st and could be finalized by next year States will have the flexibility to meet the limits introduced by the Clean Power Plan as they choose Businesses signing the letter said the proposal could dramatically accelerate the development of clean energy across New Jersey The Clean Power Plan is the kind of strategic forward thinking initiative that will create enormous opportunities for homeowners and businesses alike here in New Jersey said Bill Driscoll President of Ocean Solar LLC It will also play a huge role in expanding on the already 30 000 solar installations in New Jersey As a proud NJ based installer Ocean Solar knows solar energy is a win win for our economy and our environment and we re excited and proud to be a part of implementing the Clean Power Plan in the Garden State Solar power is already on the rise across the state with the most installed capacity on the East Coast producing enough energy to power 160 000 homes According to the latest solar jobs census from the Solar Foundation the solar industry employed more than 6 500 people in New Jersey in 2013 Strong public policy has been key in encouraging New Jersey s solar growth to date and state politicians continue to recognize the need for forward thinking policy to spur growth of clean energy Today s letter release comes on the heels of last week s discussion in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee of a bill S 2444 calling for 80 percent of New Jersey s

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-jersey-solar-businesses-ready-roll-clean-power (2016-05-01)
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  • Wind Power for a Cleaner America | Environment New Jersey
    United States Electricity generated with wind power quadrupled in the last five years from about 34 500 gigawatt hours GWh in 2007 to more than 140 000 GWh at the end of 2012 or as much electricity as is used each year in Georgia See Figure ES 1 Figure ES 1 Growth in Electricity Generated by Wind Power i Wind energy was the largest source of new electricity capacity added to the grid in 2012 Nine states now have enough wind turbines to supply 12 percent or more of their annual electricity needs in an average year with Iowa South Dakota and Kansas now possessing enough wind turbines to supply more than 20 percent of their annual electricity needs By displacing dirty electricity from fossil fuel fired power plants wind energy saves water and reduces pollution In 2012 wind energy helped the United States Avoid 84 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution or as much pollution as is produced by more than 17 million of today s passenger vehicles in a year Fossil fuel fired power plants are the nation s largest source of carbon dioxide pollution the leading global warming pollutant In the United States warmer temperatures caused by global warming have already increased the frequency and severity of heat waves and heavy downpours resulting in more intense wildfires floods droughts and tropical storms and hurricanes Save enough water to supply the annual domestic water needs of more than a million people Power plants use water for cooling reducing the amount of water available for irrigation wildlife recreation or domestic use More water is withdrawn from U S lakes rivers streams and aquifers for the purpose of cooling power plants than for any other purpose Avoid 79 600 tons of nitrogen oxide NOX and 98 400 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions Nitrogen oxides are a key ingredient of smog which contributes to asthma and other respiratory problems power plants are responsible for about 15 percent of the nation s total nitrogen oxide NOX pollution each year Power plants also produce about 60 percent of all sulfur dioxide pollution which contributes to acid rain Finally coal fired power plants emit heavy metals such as mercury a potent neurotoxicant that can cause developmental and neurological disorders in babies and children Nearly two thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States in 2010 came from the smokestacks of coal fired power plants If America were to continue to add onshore wind capacity at the rate it did from 2007 to 2012 and take the first steps toward development of its massive potential for offshore wind by 2018 wind energy will be delivering the following benefits Averting a total of 157 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution annually or more carbon dioxide than was produced by Georgia Michigan or New York in 2011 Saving enough water to supply the annual domestic water needs of 2 1 million people roughly as many people as live in the city of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/wind-power-cleaner-america-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • Solar for All | Environment New Jersey
    2015 What are we up against Yet just as solar is about to reach a tipping point some utilities and other special interests want to throw new obstacles in the way Our Solar for All campaign is working to knock those barriers out of the way so more Americans can go solar We re working with our national network to urge mayors governors and others to set ambitious solar goals and commitments offer new solar incentives and promote new community solar programs And we re mobilizing people to counter the utilities and other special interests who want to make solar more expensive and harder to install We re fighting attacks And we re winning In just the past year we ve turned back attacks on solar in Arizona Colorado and New Mexico and won new commitments to solar in Austin and Houston Athens and Atlanta and New York State and California among other places Over the last 10 years we ve helped establish dozens of pro solar programs including the biggest California s Million Solar Roofs Initiative What can you do We want you to join us by showing your support for solar You can send an email to your local officials write a letter to your local newspaper attend one of our solar forums or join us at a news conference or other special event Whatever you can do the time for action is now Solar is at a tipping point If we keep winning more pro solar policies we ll see millions more Americans go solar in the next decade putting us on a path to a 100 renewable future If we let utilities and other special interests get in the way that future will remain out of reach as solar sputters and stalls Together we can achieve Solar for All We can do this Together we can bring more solar power to our homes our communities our churches and schools our workplaces and our lives and leave a cleaner healthier world for kids growing up today and future generations Solar For All Updates Report Environment New Jersey In the Path of the Storm With extreme weather events increasingly common in New Jersey and across the United States Environment New Jersey released a new report The report documents extreme weather events in every county in New Jersey and discusses the likely consequences of future disasters as a result of a warming world Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey 2012 Legislative Agenda Environment New Jersey s Legislative Agenda for the 2012 session Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey New Report RGGI Benefits NJ s Economy and Environment TRENTON As a bill moves through the Legislature to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Environment New Jersey released a new report that quantifies the program s benefits to the state s economy to business and residential ratepayers and to the environment The report documents the benefits already realized by New Jersey after just three years of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/solar-all?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • Report Highlights Environmental Benefits of Wind, but New Jersey Off-Shore Wind Program Stuck in Neutral | Environment New Jersey
    releasing the report Wind Power for a Cleaner America II Reducing Global Warming Pollution Cutting Air Pollution and Saving Water Three years ago we took a great step forward for renewable energy jobs and economic growth here in New Jersey said Senate President Stephen Sweeney We enacted legislation that was meant to create up to 2 000 megawatts of offshore wind to be developed off our coasts It allowed us to finally tap into the potential of our offshore wind and become a leader in this emergent technology But three years later almost nothing has come to pass That is unacceptable The report also shows that offshore wind energy has the potential to reduce 469 tons of smog causing nitrogen oxide emissions and 1 093 tons of sulfur dioxide which cause acid rain and soot New Jersey already suffers some of the worst air pollution in the nation causing many New Jerseyans to suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma New Jersey has some of the worst air pollution in the nation And we can t forget the lessons of Hurricane Sandy that we stand to suffer more than most if we don t tackle climate change head on said Senator Linda Greenstein Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee Wind power will help New Jersey clear the air reduce our contribution to global warming and create good paying local jobs that will benefit the economy But that will only happen if the Christie administration acts on its commitment to build off shore wind Time is running out for New Jersey to be an off shore wind leader If New Jersey is to meet the goals that were set out in the 2010 off shore wind bill and the New Jersey Energy Master Plan to build 1 100 MW Megawatts of new wind energy by 2020 the Board of Public Utilities BPU needs to finalize an off shore wind financing system similar to the state s solar program These next few months are a key moment for off shore wind because the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has already moved ahead with leases for off shore wind in other East Coast states and is poised to move forward for an auction for New Jersey s off shore leases in the next few months The state delays with its off shore wind program have added uncertainty to the process America is behind much of the world regarding off shore wind development It is past time to start catching up said Sen Jim Whelan D 2 Whether your motivation is the potential economic development if New Jersey becomes a hub for East Coast off shore wind or the environmental benefits of reducing our dependence on fossil fuel off shore wind is good for New Jersey The Fishermen s Energy pilot project a 25 megawatt wind turbine project located less than 3 miles off Atlantic City has been mired in a lengthy review by the Board of Public Utilities BPU This delay is

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/report-highlights-environmental-benefits-wind-new-jersey-shore-wind-program-stuck-neutral (2016-05-01)
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  • Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America's Top 12 Solar States | Environment New Jersey
    96 percent less global warming pollution per unit of energy than coal fired power plants over their entire life cycle and 91 percent less global warming pollution than natural gas fired power plants Solar energy benefits consumers by reducing the need for expensive investments in long distance transmission lines Solar energy can lower electricity costs by providing power at times of peak demand Solar energy costs are falling rapidly The cost of installed solar energy systems fell by 27 percent during 2012 on top of a 20 percent decline between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2011 Solar energy creates local clean energy jobs that can t be outsourced More than 119 000 people currently work in America s solar energy industry most of them in jobs such as installation that are located in close proximity to the places where solar panels are installed Solar energy is on the rise especially in states that have adopted strong public policies to encourage solar power The amount of solar photovoltaic capacity in the United States has increased more than tenfold in the last six years See Figure ES 1 America s solar energy revolution is being led by 12 states which have the highest per capita solar electricity capacity in the nation These 12 states Arizona Nevada Hawaii New Jersey New Mexico California Delaware Colorado Vermont Massachusetts North Carolina and Maryland account for 28 percent of the U S population and 21 percent of U S electricity consumption but 85 percent of total U S solar electricity capacity and 87 percent of the solar photovoltaic capacity installed in 2012 See Figure ES 2 and Table ES 1 America s leading solar states have adopted strong policies to encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar Among the top dozen states 11 of the 12 have strong net metering policies In nearly all of these states consumers are compensated at the full retail rate for the excess electricity they supply to the grid Net metering ensures that consumers receive reliable and fair compensation for the excess electricity they provide to the grid 10 of the 12 have strong statewide interconnection policies Good interconnection policies reduce the time and hassle required for individuals and companies to connect solar energy systems to the grid 11 of the 12 have renewable electricity standards that set minimum requirements for the share of a utility s electricity that must come from renewable sources and 9 of them have solar carve outs that set specific targets for solar or other forms of clean distributed electricity The vast majority of the states allow for creative financing options such as third party power purchase agreements and property assessed clean energy PACE financing States in the Dazzling Dozen are far more likely to have each of these key solar policies in place than other states reinforcing the conclusion of U S Department of Energy research linking the presence of key solar policies to increases in solar energy deployment Strong public policies

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/lighting-way-what-we-can-learn-americas-top-12-solar-states (2016-05-01)
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  • Solar Rising: Report Ranks New Jersey Fourth in the Nation in Solar Power | Environment New Jersey
    percent in 2012 and there were over 415 megawatts of solar PV installations installed in New Jersey Environment New Jersey attributes the solar boom to the leadership of past New Jersey governors and state leaders and those in other leading states profiled in the report Solar power is a great fit for Jersey City said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Solar can create both clean renewable energy for our city and is a real home grown industry with green jobs Solar is especially critical for states like New Jersey A National Academy of Sciences study this summer found that increased use of solar power in the Mid Atlantic states would sharply reduce unhealthy emissions including nitrogen oxides which help create smog in the summer months The study found there was 15 times more health benefits for New Jersey solar compared to a panel in Arizona New Jersey including Hudson County has never met the federal health quality standard for smog The installation on Wayne Street in Jersey City is a good example of how solar can be used on roof tops across New Jersey s urban areas and is one of state s now over 23 000 solar installations The photovoltaic panels eight in total help power the residence The solar industry has taken off in New Jersey said Robert Chong head of Prime Solar Power But we need to sustain solar by having the state promote policies to expand solar across all sectors The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders but how much state and local governments have created effective public policy for the development of the solar industry More and more homes and businesses are turning to solar as a pollution free energy source directly from the sun said O Malley With the increasing threat of global warming we must maintain momentum Other states profiled in the report include Arizona California Colorado Delaware Hawaii Maryland Massachusetts Nevada New Mexico North Carolina and Vermont While these twelve states account for only 28 percent of the U S population they make up 85 percent of the nation s installed solar energy The report highlights the strong policies adopted by the top solar states that encouraged homeowners and businesses to go solar Most notably 11 of the 12 have strong net metering policies including New Jersey which allow customers to offset their electricity bills with onsite solar and receive reliable and fair compensation for the excess electricity they provide to the grid 11 of the 12 states have renewable electricity standards including New Jersey requiring utilities to provide a minimum amount of their power from renewable sources and nine of them including New Jersey have solar carve outs which set specific targets for solar or other forms of clean onsite power 10 of the 12 have strong statewide interconnection policies including New Jersey Interconnection policies reduce the time and hassle required for individuals and companies to connect solar energy systems to the grid

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/solar-rising-report-ranks-new-jersey-fourth-nation-solar-power (2016-05-01)
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  • Wind Power for a Cleaner America | Environment New Jersey
    wind power To protect the environment federal and state governments should continue and expand policies that support wind energy Burning fossil fuels for electricity generation has widespread environmental and public health consequences Combustion of coal and natural gas exacerbates global warming the effects of which are already being felt across the nation The average annual temperature in the U S has already risen 2 F in the past 50 years and the number of heat waves has increased Extreme rain and snowfall events have become 30 percent more common Sea level has risen eight inches or more along parts of our coasts Coal and natural gas fired power plants require vast amounts of water for cooling reducing the amount of water available for irrigation wildlife recreation or domestic use now and in the future More water is withdrawn from U S lakes rivers streams and aquifers for the purpose of cooling power plants than for any other purpose Air pollution from power plants threatens the health of millions of Americans Wind energy avoids about 68 million metric tons of global warming pollution annually equivalent to taking 13 million of today s passenger vehicles off the road and saves more than enough water to supply the annual water needs of a city the size of Boston Wind energy also avoids 137 000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions and 91 000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions important contributors to ozone smog and soot pollution Texas Iowa and California lead the nation in wind energy capacity delivering the greatest reductions in global warming pollution water consumption and health threatening air pollution If construction of new wind energy projects continues from 2013 to 2016 at a pace comparable to that of recent years the United States could reduce global warming pollution by an additional 56 million metric tons in 2016 equivalent to the amount produced by 11 million passenger vehicles These projects would also save enough water to meet the annual water needs of 600 000 people and reduce air pollution by an additional 108 000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 79 000 tons of sulfur dioxide America has abundant wind energy potential The U S Department of Energy estimates that 20 percent of the nation s electricity could be supplied by wind power in 2030 up from 3 percent in 2011 To achieve that level of generation construction of new generating capacity would need continue at levels comparable to that of recent years Wind energy s success in reducing air pollution and saving water will continue to grow if policies such as tax incentives and renewable electricity standards are continued and expanded at the state and federal level The production tax credit The federal renewable electricity production tax credit PTC has been one of the most important tools to help grow the wind industry in the United States but it is set to expire at the end of 2012 The loss of the tax credit could cause new construction to drop by 75

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/wind-power-cleaner-america (2016-05-01)
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  • Wind Energy in New Jersey Will Prevent as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 376,482 Cars Off the Road Each Year | Environment New Jersey
    will suffer in New Jersey and across the country For the sake of our environment and economy Congress must do the right thing and continue building momentum and support for a robust wind industry If New Jersey meets the goals that were set out in the 2010 Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and builds 1100 MW of new wind energy by 2020 global warming pollution will drop by as much as taking an additional 376 000 cars off the road This report underscores that wind energy is a win win for New Jersey but also makes clear that to get that win we have to act said Senate President Sweeney D Gloucester Cumberland Salem After Sandy everyone now realizes the need for upgrading our energy infrastructure from energy creation to distribution If New Jersey does not plant a flag for our wind energy industry it will be a tremendous setback for making our state a manufacturing hub And it will be a setback for creating good jobs and a setback for modernizing an antiquated energy infrastructure In addition to reducing harmful global warming pollution the report notes that bringing more offshore wind energy to New Jersey will significantly reduce harmful air pollution New Jersey already suffers some of the worst air pollution in the nation causing many New Jerseyans to suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma The report also outlined that today s wind energy in New Jersey is delivering results for public health by avoiding 10 tons of both smog and soot pollution Senator Linda Greenstein Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee underscored the point saying We all know that New Jersey has some of the worst air pollution in the nation And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy we ve also seen that we stand to suffer more than most if we don t tackle climate change head on Wind power will help New Jersey clear the air reduce our contribution to global warming and create good paying local jobs that will benefit the economy I urge our leaders in Congress to support wind by extending federal tax credits for wind facilities New Jersey s successful development of wind energy results largely from the Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring utilities to provide 22 5 of their power from renewable energy by 2020 and the federal renewable energy Production Tax Credit PTC Wind energy now powers nearly 13 million homes across the country and is on its way to being cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels But the two key federal wind power incentives the production tax credit and the offshore wind investment tax credit expire at the end of the year Without these credits many planned wind farms will not be built leaving health and environmental benefits for New Jerseyans on the table Wind energy is a win for the economy a win for the environment and a win for New Jersey stated Senator Frank R Lautenberg a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

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