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  • Go Solar New Jersey Civic Leaders Letter | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    join us in calling upon our state officials to commit to the goal of generating 20 percent of our electricity from solar by 2025 We can achieve that goal if we grow solar by approximately 21 percent annually The cost of solar is declining The cost of air and water pollution from fossil fuels is growing along with the threats posed by climate change Please help to set strong goals for solar in New Jersey to put us on a path to clean energy leadership Sincerely NAME AFFILIATION Senator Jim Whelan Legislative District 2 Assemblyman Daniel Benson Legislative District 14 Assemblyman Reed Gusciora Legislative District 15 Assemblyman Carmelo G Garcia Legislative District 33 Assemblyman Tim Eustace Legislative District 38 Freeholder Thomas J Sullivan Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Andrew Koontz Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Samuel T Frisby Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Ann M Cannon Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Anthony P Carabelli Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder John Cimino Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Pasquale Colavita Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Lucylle R S Walter Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Committeeman John Graefe Bethlehem Township Councilman Anthony Costa Bloomingdale Committeeman John Moynihan Bordentown Township Mayor John J Cosgrove Borough of Fair Lawn Councilman Kurt Peluso Borough of Fair Lawn Councilwoman Lisa Swain Borough of Fair Lawn Council President Armand Pohan Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Joseph Cervieri Borough of Fort Lee Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Michael Sargenti Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Harvey Sohmer Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Peter Suh Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Padraic Millet Borough of Highland Park Councilwoman Elsie Foster Dublin Borough of Highland Park Councilman Gary Potts Borough of Highland Park Councilman Jon

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/go-solar-new-jersey-civic-leaders-letter (2016-05-01)
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  • State Decisionmakers Call on New Jersey To Go 20% Solar by 2025 | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    pollution save consumers on their energy bills and boost local economies reads the letter organized by the advocacy group Environment New Jersey New Jersey has long been a leader in solar energy thanks in large part to smart forward thinking policies said David Beavers Campaign Organizer with Environment New Jersey This letter demonstrates that the political will to go big on solar is still very much alive in New Jersey At January s State of the State Governor Christie cited New Jersey s third in the nation solar ranking New Jersey trails only California and Arizona two much larger and sunnier states in the amount of solar installed However New Jersey has actually fallen from second place in the rankings since 2010 when Gov Christie took office Since taking office the Governor has diverted more than 1 billion from ratepayer subsidies on electricity bills designed to fund clean energy programs with more raids anticipated this year Solar energy plays a vital role in New Jersey in securing our future and creating jobs in the Garden State said Bergen County Freeholder Thomas Sullivan Jr In addition to helping curb our state s carbon footprint the solar energy industry creates well paying careers for installing maintaining and utilizing this fast growing field New Jersey has the technical potential to generate six times the electricity its residents consume in an average year from solar power alone according to a report released last fall by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center That same report found that going 20 percent solar would achieve carbon pollution reduction equivalent to taking 2 6 million gasoline powered cars off the road in a year New Jersey should continue to be a leader in clean energy Generating 20 percent of our electricity from solar energy would not only solidify

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/state-decisionmakers-call-new-jersey-go-20-solar-2025 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    New Jersey the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Wasting Our Waterways Report Documents More Than 5 8 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped in NJ Waterways Industrial facilities dumped 5 862 061 pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey s waterways in 2012 making New Jersey s waterways the 14th worst in the nation according to a new report by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The Wasting Our Waterways report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in New Jersey and across the nation Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center EPA proposes first ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants Environment New Jersey applauded the Environmental Protection Agency as they proposed the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants the largest single source of global warming pollution in America The proposal would reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 The rule proposal once finalized will be the largest step the U S has taken to combat global warming pollution Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Gov Christie Trying to Double Down on Climate Inaction The Christie Administration has announced its intention to once again try to stop New Jersey from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI that limits dangerous climate changing pollution from power plants despite the New Jersey Legislature twice voting to keep them in place a recent court ruling finding its previous attempt was illegal and overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from New Jersey residents Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Court Gov Christie Illegally Removed NJ from Climate Change Pollution Rules A New Jersey court ruled this morning that the Christie Administration broke the law when it excused power plants from complying with regulations limiting dangerous climate changing pollution The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled in favor of Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council in a lawsuit the organizations brought against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2012 based on the state s removal from from the regulations that implemented the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Delaware Water Gap Underfunded Threatened by Funding Cuts As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget a new analysis by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center PennEnvironment Research Policy Center entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts exposes the challenges facing the Delaware Water Gap as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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  • New Wind Report Builds Case for Moving Forward with Off-Shore Wind in NJ; Legislative Leaders Call Out BPU for Fishermen’s Energy Denial & Delay | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    despite the prior remand of this matter the BPU has steadfastly reviewed the application in an arbitrary and capricious manner and its order should be reversed the brief summary concludes The Appellate Division court date is set for March 4 2015 Off shore wind will be an environmental and economic winner for New Jersey and Atlantic City said Sen Jim Whelan D 2 Fishermen s Energy pilot project off Atlantic City is the right place to start and Board of Public Utilities s failure to approve this project is not going to stand up to legal scrutiny It s been more than 4 years since Gov Christie signed off shore wind legislation into law it s time to start moving The report More Wind Less Warming comes after the comment period closed for the EPA s Clean Power Plan earlier this month which Congressional leaders are trying to block The analysis also comes as lawmakers left Washington by only extending wind energy tax credits in the nation s spending plan till the end of this year which spurred Fishermen s Energy to begin a ground breaking ceremony for the project s on land transmission Off shore wind is the future but New Jersey is falling behind by not moving forward with it said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo D 2 Fishermen s Energy is a great pilot project right off Atlantic City and has received federal funding to construct turbines The BPU s excuses are wearing thin to stop this project The time is now to put people back to work while greening our planet and our economy The new report also has implications for avoiding the public health risks associated with dirty energy sources This is a chance for New Jersey to take action in protecting our children from harmful pollution said Trisha Sheehan Northeast Regional Field Manager of Moms Clean Air Force Moms know that dirty fossil fuels are harming our families and communities We need more clean and renewable sources like offshore wind power Our children are depending on us The United States has the potential to power itself 10 times over with wind that blows both over land and off the East Coast Offshore wind development which is in its very nascent stages in the U S is critical to achieving the 30 percent target the report said Speeding the development of pollution free wind energy will slow global warming said O Malley That s why the Christie Administration should comply with its own law and greenlight the first pilot off shore wind project The best Christmas gift New Jersey could get to fight global warming would be to move forward with off shore wind NEW JERSEY WIND FINDINGS 2013 2030 30 Scenario Wind generation in GWh CO2 Displaced by Wind in MMT Wind generation in GWh CO2 Displaced by Wind in MMT New Jersey 13 3 0 0 25 470 7 20 5 BACKGROUND INFO FROM MORE WIND LESS WARMING Wind power is on the rise across

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/new-wind-report-builds-case-moving-forward-shore-wind-nj-legislative-leaders-call-out-bpu (2016-05-01)
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  • More Wind, Less Warming | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    than 132 million metric tons of carbon dioxide Since 2001 wind power has displaced more than 620 million metric tons of carbon dioxide more than a year s worth of CO2 emissions from the entire country of Canada After more than a decade of rapid growth wind energy now accounts for 4 percent of total U S electricity generation Nine states Iowa South Dakota Kansas Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Oklahoma Colorado and Oregon now generate more than 12 percent of their total electricity production with wind power Wind power capacity in Iowa and South Dakota now supplies more than a quarter of all in state electricity generation By aggressively expanding wind energy America can displace even more carbon pollution putting the nation and the world on track to addressing global warming America has enough wind energy potential to power the nation more than 10 times over America will need to tap its ample offshore wind energy potential in order to hit a goal of 30 percent wind generation by 2030 Offshore wind energy is a proven technology that has provided Europe with clean energy for a decade with 69 offshore wind farms now operational there The first two U S offshore wind projects are on track for construction in 2015 and areas have been designated for offshore wind development off the U S coast capable of producing enough electricity for 6 4 million homes If the nation were to set a course for obtaining 30 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2030 America could avert nearly 705 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2025 and 968 million metric tons per year by 2030 That s the equivalent of Eliminating emissions from 185 of today s typical coal fired power plants in 2025 and from 254 coal plants in 2030 10 percent of America s 2005 emissions of global warming pollution in 2025 and 13 percent of those emissions in 2030 2 5 percent of the world s 2005 emissions of carbon dioxide by 2025 and 3 5 percent of those emissions by 2030 Reducing U S power plant emissions to 40 percent below 2005 levels The EPA Clean Power Plan calls for reductions in power plant emissions of 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 Figure ES 1 A Path to 30 Percent Wind Electricity Figure ES 2 Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions in 2030 Under 30 Percent by 2030 Wind Energy Scenario and EPA Clean Power Plan Compared with EIA Business as Usual Case Rapid expansion of wind energy is feasible and affordable The cost of wind energy is now at or below the cost of new natural gas power plants in regions with the best resources and more than a dozen reports by utilities independent grid operators the U S Department of Energy and other experts have found that the electric grid can accommodate much more wind energy than we currently generate Offshore wind energy is also poised to make a major contribution to

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/more-wind-less-warming (2016-05-01)
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  • New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2050 Already today solar power delivers more value to the electric grid than it costs to produce according to Lyle Rawlings

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/new-jersey-solar-businesses-ready-roll-clean-power (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups, Homeowners Sue NJDEP For Approving Massive Dredge Spoil Pile within the Barnegat Bay & Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Ecosystem | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Barnegat Bay This project stinks to high heaven said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey DEP is willing violating numerous environmental laws to site a massive dump next to a residential neighborhood and a wildlife refuge The courts are our last option to stop this project The lawsuit contends the project is egregious because it also violated the Coastal Zone Management Act CZMA which prohibits siting a CDF which resembles an open air landfill for dumping and dewatering potentially toxic and foul smelling dredge spoils siphoned from river bottoms near residential areas Hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoils are proposed for a site directly across narrow Dock Road from a line of homes literally on the edge of Barnegat Bay Even more egregious after the impact of Hurricane Sandy NJDEP has said there were no lessons learned from the storm that should be applied to the proposed dump project DEP s failure to acknowledge climate change impacts is especially galling said O Malley Barnegat Bay got crushed by Hurricane Sandy s storm surge and this dredge spoil dump will be on the front lines of the next storm surge It s a disaster waiting to happen Experts have testified that the extreme height of the proposed dredge pile will be unstable and accelerating sea level rise will only make matters worse said Dr Emile DeVito of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation We should not continue to clear sensitive tidal estuaries of naturally deposited sediments nor rely on antiquated disposal approaches that have no long term stability or resiliency Finally the DEP granted permission to fill 7 acres of freshwater wetlands without requiring detailed consideration of alternative sites based on the fiction that DEP was permitting the renovation of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/environmental-groups-homeowners-sue-njdep-approving-massive-dredge-spoil-pile-within (2016-05-01)
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  • The Dirtiest Power Plants: How America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Drive Global Warming Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    America s Dirtiest Power Plants Drive Global Warming Pollution Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Thursday September 18 2014 Read News Release Download Report PDF Get our RSS feed Archives Blog News Releases Reports Resources Results

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/dirtiest-power-plants-how-america%E2%80%99s-dirtiest-power-plants-drive-global-warming-pollution (2016-05-01)
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