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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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council argued their case 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Wind Power for a Cleaner America Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity pollutes our air contributes to global warming and consumes vast amounts of water harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses In contrast wind energy produces no air pollution makes no contribution to global warming and uses no water America s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years and thanks to wind energy America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate altering carbon pollution Keep Reading 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 a new report released by Environment New Jersey If state and federal officials commit to continued progress in launching New Jersey s offshore wind industry New Jersey could reduce global warming pollution by 825 000 metric tons in 2018 But this potential can only be reached if the Christie administration moves forward with implementing the state s off shore wind program Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home?page=12 (2016-05-01)
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  • A Program that Works | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    October 9 2011 Download Report PDF The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels Our dependence on coal oil and gas imposes economic costs pollutes our air and water and harms public health It also contributes to global warming which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea level rise the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/program-works (2016-05-01)
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  • America on the Move | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    of the human caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other the success of the Copenhagen negotiations and the future of the planet depend on American leadership The United States has gained a reputation exacerbated during the presidency of George W Bush of obstructionism in the fight against global warming But over the last decade America s state governments where the bulk of on the ground energy policy decision making is made in America s federal system of government have taken the nation on a different course one of innovative and increasingly aggressive action to reduce global warming pollution The impact of state level actions to reduce global warming pollution is significant on a global scale A review of dozens of individual state policies federal policies based on state models and new federal policies in which states will have key roles in implementation suggests that state actions will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 536 million metric tons per year by 2020 That is more global warming pollution than is currently emitted annually by all but eight of the world s nations and represents approximately 7 percent of U S global warming pollution in 2007 America s clean

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/america-move (2016-05-01)
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