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  • Get Started with a Home Energy Audit | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    will present you with a range of options to improve the energy performance of your home or building An easy to use reference guide with links to qualified auditors in your region visit Energy Upgrade California at https energyupgradeca org overview After your audit it s time to get started Work your way down the list as you make improvements and want to do more The more you do the more you save Click on the links to learn more about each of the kinds of improvements starting with things you can do on your own right now Ten low or no cost things you can do right now to save money on your utility bills no professional help needed Seal up places in your home where air leaks Improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment Recycle old energy guzzling appliances and or replace with an energy sipping model Generate your own clean renewable energy Retrofitting your home is an investment that will pay dividends in energy savings for years to come By participating in a retrofit program you also become part of a broader vision of sustainable buildings in America as we move toward a goal of

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  • Clearing the Air | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    health and other benefits were not factored it The study concluded RGGI has added 151 million in value to New Jersey s economy RGGI has supported 1 772 local jobs in New Jersey RGGI saves consumers money Contrary to assertions that RGGI will increase utility bills the same analysis found that RGGI reduced the average utility bill for all ratepayers in New Jersey and across the region Because RGGI funds are invested in state level clean energy and energy efficiency programs the program delivered real utility bill savings for every electric customer in the state over the 3 year study period including residential commercial and industrial customers These savings will grow if the program continues to operate in a similar manner OVER Residential customers have realized a 25 savings in electric costs Commercial customers have realized 181 in savings Industrial customers have realized 2 493 in savings RGGI benefits the environment RGGI represents New Jersey s only tool to directly control CO2 emissions from power plants Without this tool polluters would be allowed to pollute without any economic repercussions that reflect the significant environmental and public health impacts of CO2 As a double bang for the buck RGGI brings revenue to New Jersey that can then be spent on additional pollution saving programs As a result of this new revenue stream RGGI has helped 12 major New Jersey businesses and institutions install state of the art clean energy projects including solar arrays and new energy saving efficient equipment RGGI funded clean energy projects now produce enough clean energy to offset the energy demand of 20 000 New Jersey homes each year Pollution is down across the state with 84 000 tons of CO 2 now being avoided each year RGGI is a bi partisan effort This program should never be

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  • Testimony in Defense of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    10 F by the end of the century and impacts will become more severe For example Heat waves will become much more common increasing the risk of heat related illness and damaging our agriculture The number of days above 90 degrees could more than double by 2050 with parts of the state experiencing more than a dozen such days in a typical year Increased heat will shorten the ski season and damage the fall foliage season reducing tourism income in the state Scientists anticipate that if we do not alter course sea levels could rise by as much as 6 feet by 2100 Sea level rise on that scale would make Sandy scale coastal flooding an annual or bi annual event dramatically reshape the Eastern Seaboard and displace hundreds of thousands of people from their communities How bad the problem gets depends on how quickly and how deeply humanity can reduce emissions of global warming pollution Major Reductions in Global Warming Pollution Are Urgently Necessary Science is clear about what we need to do to avoid the worst consequences of global warming stabilize worldwide emissions of the pollutants that cause global warming by the end of the decade and reduce them by more than half by mid century For the United States and other developed countries emission reductions must occur more quickly and more steeply with reductions of 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 to 95 percent by 2050 New Hampshire Helped to Create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative A Groundbreaking Program Designed to Clean Up Power Plants New Hampshire s leaders recognized that cleaning up power plants would be an important part of meeting its climate targets That s why the state helped to create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The state worked with nine other northeast states from Maryland to Maine across geographic and partisan divides to craft this groundbreaking program and accelerate the shift to clean energy The program originated in 2003 when New York Governor George Pataki a Republican circulated a letter to the governors of 10 other northeastern states calling for the creation of a regional agreement to reduce global warming pollution from their states New Hampshire joined eight other states Connecticut Delaware Maine Massachusetts New Jersey New York Rhode Island and Vermont to develop a cap and trade program for power plants By joining together northeastern governors knew that their states could achieve greater results in the drive toward clean energy and do so at lower cost than they ever could ever achieve separately In addition to ensuring that power plant carbon emissions decline over time RGGI generates revenue that states can use to benefit citizens RGGI Is a Proven Success RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy in the nine states that currently participate To date the program has generated more than 1 billion in auction revenues that states have

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  • Resources | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    RGGI economic and environmental costs and benefits With this document we cut through the spin and and present the true facts about this important program Keep Reading about Clearing the Air Resource Testimony in Defense of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative On January 22 2014 Environment New Hampshire s Madeline Page and Travis Madsen gave oral and written testimony before the New Hampshire House Energy Science and Technology Committee in

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  • Results | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    health showing every county in New Jersey experienced federal weather disasters between 2007 and 2012 Global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy Result New limits on carbon pollution In conjunction with our national federation we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog forming carbon pollution that new coal fired power plants can emit an important

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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    before a New Jersey appellate court this morning in their lawsuit against the Christie Administration The lawsuit contends the state illegally repealed rules limiting power plant pollution in New Jersey a move that effectively ended its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a program that is combating climate change Read more about Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline Environment New Jersey has delivered a petition with over 2 000 New Jersey residents weighing in strongly with the Pinelands Commission and Governor Christie opposing the South Jersey Gas massive gas Pinelands pipeline project Memorandum of Agreement MOA This gas pipeline would tear a scar through the ecological heart of the Pinelands damage the credibility of the Pinelands Commission Read more about Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31 over 10 legislators including both Senate President Steve Sweeney D 3 and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr R 21 faith leaders and renewable energy coalitions joined Environment New Jersey the National Wildlife Federation and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power Read more about Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Report Highlights Environmental Benefits of Wind but New Jersey Off Shore Wind Program Stuck in Neutral New Jersey has the potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind according to

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  • On Eve of Largest Climate March in History, New Jersey Leaders Call for Action on Climate as New Report Reveals State’s Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    fleet of coal and gas burning power plants were a country it would be the 3rd largest carbon polluter behind the entire U S and China Key findings from the report include In New Jersey the top five most polluting power plants are PSEG s Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield which puts out more than 2 500 000 metric tons of carbon pollution each year a slight increase from the prior year PSEG s Linden Generating Station in Linden which puts out 2 150 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a slight increase from the prior year Red Oak Power LLC in Sayreville which puts out more than 1 940 00 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a slight increase from the previous year Cogen Technologies Linden Cogen Plant in Linden emits more than 1 4500 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 a drop from last year Nextera Energy s Sayreville Cogeneration Facility in Sayreville emitted more than 720 000 metric tons of carbon pollution in 2012 just edging out a perennial Top 5 polluter PSEG s Hudson Generating Station here in Jersey City which emitted more than 690 000 metric tons of carbon pollution but still a significant drop from its 2011 emissions We are standing here today by the Kearny Generating Station which continues to pollute our air and threatens public health Instead we should be standing in front of wind mills or solar farms As shown in this report we need to move towards renewable energy which will create jobs grow our economy and ensure we have a livable planet for future generations This is the future we are marching for on Sunday at the People s Climate March This is the future we want our world leaders to start to work towards in order to protect our planet said Nicole Dallara Outreach Coordinator for the New Jersey Sierra Club New Jersey s emissions from its fossil fuel power plants is equal to Guatemala a country that has nearly double the population of the Garden State and is ranked 91st The most carbon polluting power plant in the nation Georgia Power Company s Scherer Plant emits as much carbon pollution as more than 4 million cars and puts out more pollution alone than all of New Jersey s power plants As stewards of the earth we have an urgent duty to take action on behalf of our environment and I am elated that so many men and women who recognize this responsibility will stand together this weekend said Assembly Environment Committee Vice Chair John McKeon D West Orange While more than 200 miles separate New York and Washington it s clear that the two cities stand united on climate change The People s Climate March comes on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency revealing its Clean Power Plan a proposal that if successful will be a major leap forward for reducing carbon emissions and moving toward clean energy The Clean Power

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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    energy power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution across the nation The report titled America s Dirtiest Power Plants comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming It illustrates the scale of carbon pollution from New Jersey s power sector and ranks New Jersey s biggest carbon polluters and shows that New Jersey s power plants emit as much as carbon pollution as 3 7 million cars Read more about Report Reveals NJ s Top 5 Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants News Release Environment New Jersey President Obama s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants advance energy efficiency and increase the nation s commitment to renewable energy In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy a dizzying stretch of extreme weather events and continued temperature records the president s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment New Jersey and many others Read more about President Obama s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather Long Branch NJ Five months after Superstorm Sandy led to unspeakable losses throughout New Jersey and its Shore communities a new Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center report finds that weather related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future Millions of New Jerseyans have endured extreme weather causing extremely big problems for New Jersey s health safety environment and economy said Dan DeRosa field organizer with Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Given that

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