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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court this morning in their lawsuit against the Christie Administration The lawsuit contends the state illegally repealed rules limiting power plant pollution in New Jersey a move that effectively ended its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a program that is combating climate change Read more about Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas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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  • New Report Outlines the Cost of Pulling Out of RGGI | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the nine participating states to Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Avoid 8 million tons of lifetime emissions the equivalent of taking 1 4 million cars off the road Independent analysts predict that RGGI will generate 8 7 billion in economic growth and 132 000 job years of employment in participating states over the next 10 years while cutting power plant pollution by another 15 percent By sitting on the sidelines New Jersey is missing out on these benefits The State s Power Plants Face No Limits on Global Warming Pollution New Jersey s neighbors including Delaware and New York limit the amount of global warming pollution their power plants can emit That limit goes down every year As a result power companies are reducing their emissions and planning for a transition to clean energy States that participate in RGGI have reduced power plant global warming pollution by 18 percent since the program started in 2009 However New Jersey power plants haven t faced a limit on their emissions since 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that under current policy New Jersey s power plant pollution would climb by almost 70 percent by 2030 In response to the threat posed by global warming the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA has proposed the Clean Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and accelerate the transition to clean energy New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA If New Jersey is going to comply with the newly proposed Clean Air Act rules and help reduce carbon pollution by 30 percent nationwide rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the logical first step said U S Senator Robert Menendez The power plant limitations put in place under RGGI are an important piece of our regional answer to carbon pollution The report released today suggests that New Jersey would likely comply with the Clean Power Plan by rejoining RGGI New Jersey Citizens Support RGGI Over the past two months thousands of citizens have written or spoken to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in support of restoring the state s participation in RGGI The comments were submitted in response to a formal public comment period on the Christie Administration s proposal to repeal the state s RGGI regulations In March the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the Christie Administration acted illegally when withdrawing from RGGI without seeking public comment on such a major change in policy The ruling followed a lawsuit brought by Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council At a public hearing held in August only one speaker opposed RGGI and action on global warming while nearly 50 supported participating in the program including many parents and children Speakers noted that climate scientists agree

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  • New Jerseyans Demand Action on Climate: Citizens Speak Out in Favor of RGGI | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA RGGI is a program that undoubtedly benefited New Jersey s environment and its economy said John McKeon D West Orange Vice Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee Putting his lack of insight on both fronts on full display Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of it We ve seen job creation stemming from RGGI in neighboring states whose governors know that going green on policy means getting green into state coffers Governor Christie and his administration have stated incorrectly that New Jersey will not have to do anything additional to comply with the policy In emails responding to concerned citizens Governor Christie has written New Jersey is ahead of the proposed standards And Larry Ragonese a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection echoed this opinion in remarks to the Asbury Park Press However EPA modeling suggests that New Jersey would actually have to cut its power plant emissions by almost 60 percent below business as usual levels by 2030 in order to successfully achieve its targets under the Clean Power Plan See Attached Figure The Christie administration will have to develop a real strategy to meet the requirements of the policy and rejoining RGGI is the obvious solution The infrastructure of the program is already developed New Jersey has a history of participation and it generates revenue that the state can use to accelerate its transition to clean energy and make the goals of the Clean Power Plan easier to achieve Sitting on the Sidelines of RGGI is a Missed Opportunity for New Jersey RGGI has proven to be successful on many levels in the nine states that currently participate It is helping to reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy A big part of RGGI s positive impact on the economy comes because it replaces expenditures for fuel from out of state with local clean energy resources like energy efficiency Programs like RGGI allow a 43 year old company like ours to create new jobs stimulate the economy and to ultimately reduce greenhouse gasses while cutting energy use said Scott Needham President of Princeton Air and Efficiency First I urge the administration to rejoin RGGI and accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy According to a recent report by ENE Environment Northeast and by RGGI Inc since it launched in 2009 RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the region Independent analysts predict that RGGI will generate 8 7 billion in economic growth and 132 000 job years of employment in participating states over the next 10 years

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  • On Heels of Federal Proposed Sale of NJ Off-Shore Wind Leases, Report Shows The Immense Potential for Off-Shore Wind off the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the targets in Clean Power Plan recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA Today s announcement removes one more barrier to off shore wind in New Jersey said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey With this federal action it 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 remains immense and can power our state with clean energy for decades to come 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 Today s proposed sale notice is the first concrete step in providing significant amounts of clean renewable offshore wind energy to New Jersey homes and businesses said Rep Rush Holt D 12 Our state s ample offshore wind resources enough to power more than one million homes under this proposed sale will enable New Jersey to maintain its position as a clean energy leader and will assist the state in achieving carbon reduction goals established under the EPA s Clean Power Plan Highlights of Catching the Wind report include Areas Already Designated for Offshore Wind Development Could Power Over 5 Million American Homes This is a massive local clean power opportunity currently available to state energy planners with the capacity to power the equivalent of all households in New Jersey and South Carolina combined What s needed now is action by New Jersey s leaders to drive offshore wind markets and spur critical project contracts forward Offshore Wind Power Could Save Millions as Part of a Diverse Energy Portfolio Diversifying New Jersey s energy mix is critical for protecting ratepayers from price spikes in the volatile fossil fuel markets The report highlights a new 2014 study finding a 350 million per year reduction in energy costs from adding 1 200 MW of offshore wind energy to New England s grid Offshore Wind Power Will Spark Massive Job Creation In Europe 70 offshore wind projects across 10 countries are currently supporting over 58 000 jobs in both coastal and inland communities Today offshore wind power is a booming global industry with over 20 billion in annual investments projected for the next 10 years Offshore Wind Power Can Help States Meet New Carbon Pollution Limits Coastal states have a massive untapped pollution free energy source sitting right off their shores that can play a major role in meeting the carbon emission reduction targets required by the Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan released last month Offshore Wind Power is an Environmentally Responsible Energy Choice As decades of experience in Europe indicates strong environmental requirements can ensure that offshore wind power is sited constructed and operated in a manner that protects coastal and marine wildlife This immense clean energy source offers an incredible opportunity to reduce Thanks to

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