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  • Report Shows New Jersey #1 in Off-Shore Wind Potential & Poised To Benefit Most from Federal Tax Credit Extension | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    of the Clean Power Plan off shore wind is a key component to meeting the state s renewable portfolio standard requirement of generating 22 5 renewable energy by 2021 The BPU has consistently delayed implementing an Off Shore Wind Renewable Energy Credit program and the latest update to the state Energy Master Plan downplayed the importance of off shore wind in meeting New Jersey s renewable energy benchmarks In November the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM successfully auctioned off the two wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore totaling 344 000 acres The off shore wind leases were awarded to Res Americas and U S Wind Inc and the final total sale price was nearly 2 million The wind energy area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City shown here and extend 21 nautical miles off the Shore The omnibus budget bill which passed Congress and signed into law by President Obama right before Christmas included an unexpected boon for the clean energy industry with the five year extension of a key clean energy tax credit for the wind industry the production tax credit PTC as well as the investment tax credit ITC The PTC expired at the end of 2014 and now will be extended through the end of 2020 The ITC was slated to expire at the end of 2016 and will now be extended through 2022 New Jersey stands to benefit the most out of any Atlantic Coast state from the extension of the PTC and the report estimates that New Jersey would see the 7th highest increase in wind in the country because of the tax credit s extension Using Department of Energy modeling the upper scale of New Jersey s wind capacity could reach more than 1 950 megawatts of energy by 2020 The five year extension of tax credits for clean energy like wind power will be a welcome change for the renewable energy industry which has been hurt by uncertainty said O Malley The potential for offshore wind in New Jersey just got a big boost but the five year timeline means that endless delays can t continue The important of off shore wind for New Jersey was reinforced by the report s findings on New Jersey s wind power production in 2014 which of the state s with available data was ahead of only Delaware and Rhode Island New Jersey only produced 22 855 megawatt hours of wind power in 2014 which powered a little over 2 000 homes across the state Because of New Jersey s population density and wind patterns the only viable location for commercial scale off shore wind will be off the Jersey Shore To avoid the worst impacts of global warming we need to transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy said O Malley We need to do everything we can to develop abundant pollution free wind power off the Jersey Shore Environmental Impacts of U S Offshore Wind Energy Development in

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/report-shows-new-jersey-1-shore-wind-potential-poised-benefit-most-federal-tax-credit (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    in the Wings In a terse interagency letter the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection NJDEP announced that it was terminating the permits for the construction of a massive 225 000 cubic yard dredge spoil dump adjacent to residential homes the Barnegat Bay and the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Eagleswood Ocean County The action was directly related to a nine year struggle by Eagleswood citizens and a joint lawsuit filed by Environment New Jersey the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Eagleswood citizens in late September 2014 to block the construction of the dredge spoil dump Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Stockton Off Shore Wind Energy Forum To Spotlight the Road Ahead For Wind Off the Jersey Shore with Wind Developers and BOEM Deputy Director Keynoting Forum Today s Off Shore Wind Energy Forum hosted by Stockton University and co sponsored by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center the Stockton University Sustainability Trust and the Business Network for Off Shore Wind kicks off after the U S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management s BOEM federal sale last November of two leases for offshore wind energy development of 344 000 acres The forum will address how New Jersey fits into the Department of Interior s vision for expanding off shore wind on the East Coast the development plans for each off shore wind developer and the opportunities for New Jersey to become a leader of an offshore wind energy industry Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind On Monday the New Jersey State Assembly passed a proposal that could help resusitate efforts to bring off shore wind to New Jersey The proposal co sponsored by Senator Bob Smith D Middlesex and Senator Jim Whelan D Atlantic requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to reopen a 30 day period for Fishermen s Energy to resubmit an application for a demonstration off shore wind project off Atlantic City The demonstration project would be a five turbine 25 megawatt project that would help provide clean energy jobs to the state while reducing harmful global warming pollution Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Big Oil Beware the Ides of March Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore Atlantic Coast communities won a major victory today when the Obama Administration abandoned its plans to open the Atlantic seaboard to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades Announced last January the initial plan put beaches at risk from Florida to New Jersey endangered marine life and would worsen our climate crisis Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center 15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey s Straphangers Economy Environment The New Jersey For Transit coalition released a new report Stuck at the Station to discuss the devastating consequences of 15 years of declining investment in New Jersey

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home (2016-05-01)
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  • Christmas Comes Early For South Jersey Gas: BPU Rubberstamps Pinelands Pipeline, Puts Fossil Fuel in the Stockings of the Public, Local Towns and Pinelands Commissioners | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    pipeline that tears a massive ecological scar through the heart of the Pines and create the largest global warming polluter in South Jersey in a floodplain Even worse today s vote means South Jersey Gas gambit is one step closer to success Nearly two years after the South Jersey Gas was defeated by a deadlocked vote at the Pinelands Commission the Pinelands Commission has been fully removed from deciding the fate of the pipeline the public has been shut out of the decision making process and even the towns where the pipeline will run are being left out Today s BPU vote only reaffirms the Christie Administration s love affair with natural gas and arrogance at ignoring the increase in carbon pollution from approving another gas pipeline On the heels of the warmest year on record and the warmest December in New Jersey on record and the historic Paris climate agreement Gov Christie continues to assert that the climate is not in crisis and that the climate is always changing Notably BPU staff rejected any submissions outside of evidence presented by South Jersey Gas or the Christie Administration The decision to dismiss other evidentiary submissions including those of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance as merely opinions shows that BPU tilted the playing field Today s hearing was a kangaroo court presented by the BPU The decision supposedly based on a narrow MLUL zoning issue included a lengthy defense of the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands and relied heavily on the submissions of South Jersey Gas There was no independent analysis of the project was considered or referenced no reference to climate impacts or carbon pollutions and no reference to the Pinelands Commission being shut out of a process they deliberated on for months more than two years There was

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/christmas-comes-early-south-jersey-gas-bpu-rubberstamps-pinelands-pipeline-puts-fossil-fuel (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    statement Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the Congressional Review Act measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost The Clean Water Rule restores protections of the Clean Water Act for streams that help provide drinking water to 117 million Americans along with millions of acres of wetlands The rule is vital to the health of waterways from the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound No wonder more than 800 000 Americans including mayors business owners farmers and doctors have expressed support for this historic clean water policy Our special thanks to all who stood in adamant defense of clean water throughout these budget negotiations from champions like Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Boxer to Democratic leadership to President Obama Thanks to their strong stands polluters gained no new ground on clean water in the omnibus Americans love our rivers lakes bays and streams They re where we swim fish canoe kayak or just enjoy the scenery They supply us with clean drinking water Yet our

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/ame/clean-water-wins-congress-rejects-budget-rider (2016-05-01)
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  • Why we need the Clean Water Rule | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    12 million gallons of mining waste per day into Blounts Creek The creek flows into the Pamlico River which is known for fishing and camping In response two groups asked an administrative law judge to review the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality NC DEQ permitting decision The judge ruled that the groups didn t have a proper legal basis to challenge the permit Without the federal Clean Water Act that would be the end of the story But NC DEQ implements its permitting program under the Act and so it is required to adhere to its standards including those governing the rights of citizens to challenge pollution permits If those standards aren t followed EPA can strip the state s delegated authority to implement the law and start enforcing it directly Last week EPA s regional administrator warned North Carolina that the state s failure to allow citizens groups to challenge pollution permits could lead EPA to intervene and enforce the Clean Water Act directly State officials were quick to label the whole episode a misunderstanding but EPA sure has their attention now And needless to say North Carolina is not alone Groups in Wisconsin are urging EPA to intervene because of that state s systemic enforcement problems and we ve seen similar petitions in Illinois and Virginia among others Powerful polluters almost always prefer to deal with state officials who often lack the resources or political will to confront them The Clean Water Act provides a federal backstop to make sure polluters can be held accountable And that s why defending the Clean Water Rule which restores the Act s protections to half the nation s streams and 20 million acres of wetlands is so important Dec 11 is the deadline for Congress to pass appropriations bills and

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/why-we-need-clean-water-rule (2016-05-01)
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  • As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off, New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    solar panels The panels were installed more than a decade ago by LB Electric produce 50 KW of power and has saved NJIT more than 300 000 over the last decade Achieving a sustainable world is one of NJIT s core missions and we view new forms of energy production as central to that goal Our scientists engineers and creative incubator companies are addressing this challenge on many fronts from more efficient silicon cell manufacturing technology to higher efficiency thin film photovoltaics to next generation paintable carbon nanotube PV to novel architectural design concepts for building integrated photovoltaics said Donald Sebastian president of NJIT s New Jersey Innovation Institute As Newark emerges as a leading Smart City NJIT will be there as a partner to infuse cutting edge technology into practical solutions for sustainable urban living Solar also helps to reduce air pollution especially on hot summer days when the electric grid is most strained and when ozone alerts are most common Essex County which garnered a failing grade in the American Lung Association s 2015 State of the Air report has more than 54 000 adults who suffer from asthma and more than 16 000 asthmatic children Hudson County received a D for air quality and has more than 47 000 asthmatic adults and more than 11 000 children who suffer from asthma Solar is also an investment against climate change and the heat island impact that scientists predict for cities Climate models predict that cities like Newark would face more than 70 days above 90 degrees later this century and 25 days above 100 degrees As the Paris climate talks commence today one of America s key policy initiatives in negotiations will be the EPA s Clean Power Plan which will reduce carbon emission by 32 by 2030 from the country s fossil fuel power sector Despite New Jersey s opposition to the plan solar is a key building block in complying with the EPA requirements to reduce New Jersey s carbon emissions by roughly a quarter oer the next 15 years While House Republicans plan a vote to oppose the initiative the vote is expected to be thwarted by a certain Presidential veto With prices going down concern about global warming going up and continued policy leadership at the city level solar power is growing rapidly in New Jersey s cities said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey As the Paris climate talks kick off our cities can be clean energy catalysts and help us to meet the EPA Clean Power Plan and reduce air pollution by allowing solar to shine The Obama Administration this summer announced a Solar For All initiative to make it easier for middle and low income communities to embrace solar Cities around the state have been assisted by local non profits and community development corporations like La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark adopting the technology Companies like Grid Alternatives are directly providing assistance to low income communities and individuals

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/paris-climate-talks-kick-new-solar-report-shows-newark-top-city-capita-solar-northeast (2016-05-01)
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  • Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!: After Bidding, Off-Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    longer a question if there will be off shore wind in New Jersey it is now a question of when More than 1 5 million acres off the Atlantic Coast now including close to 344 000 acres off New Jersey s waters which were successfully auctioned today have already been designated by state and federal officials for offshore wind power development and more are being considered These areas could produce more than 16 000 megawatts including more than 3 400 megawatts from New Jersey alone of virtually pollution free electricity These total areas of off shore wind development could equal as much as 16 fossil fuel burning power plants making offshore wind an attractive option for states developing plans to shift to clean energy to achieve the targets in Clean Power Plan recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA this August The final notice of sale required that off shore wind companies can t bid and be awarded both lease areas which led to the diversity of bids and the separate winners The proposed off shore wind lease area when 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 and extends 21 nautical miles off the Shore The Bureau of Ocean Management has already awarded nine commercial offshore wind leases including seven through the competitive lease sale process two in an area offshore Rhode Island Massachusetts another two offshore Massachusetts two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia These lease sales have generated about 14 5 million in winning bids for more than 700 000 acres in federal waters This July Deepwater Wind put steel in the water to officially begin the construction of the nation s first

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/going-once-going-twice-sold-after-bidding-shore-wind-energy-areas-sold-jersey-shore-major-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • Time to ban the beads | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    to the top of the food chain people The documented adverse health effects in wildlife from digesting microbeads includes cellular necrosis inflammation and lacerations of the digestive tract liver toxicity and disruption of the endocrine system Big problem simple solution That s the bad news The good news is that there is a simple solution ban microbeads Banning microbeads from personal use is pretty easy to do Just check the label for polyethylene or polypropylene which are the most commonly used plastics There s also a free app that lets you easily check to see if products contain microbeads by scanning barcodes with your smart phone You won t even have to stop using microscrubbers as there are numerous natural environmentally responsible alternatives that have been used effectively for decades for this purpose Making a personal commitment to not purchase products that contain microbeads is commendable but it won t take the product off the shelves for others to buy We need comprehensive legislation to ensure that happens More than a dozen states have already banned partially banned or are considering banning microbeads In June 2014 Illinois became the first state to partially ban microbeads in personal care products and earlier this month California became the latest with the most comprehensive ban to date Where states have failed to enact bans some counties are banning them The local bans vary in their effectiveness Most have industry created loopholes for the use of so called biodegradable plastics which may still be toxic and break down slowly in aquatic environments Other bans only address certain products and do not address the myriad of products that contain microbeads such as cosmetics deodorants lotions and cleaners Personal commitment and local bans are a great start as is the industry beginning to police itself Several

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/time-ban-beads (2016-05-01)
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