New Jersey

NEW JERSEY

Present-day New Jersey was previously inhabited by the Lenni Lenape people, who were displaced in the 1700s during colonization. The state is now home to 8.9 million people and spans over 7 thousand square miles. New Jersey is famous for its Jersey Shore — 130 miles of famously beautiful coastline — that attracts about 50 million tourists.

Coastal flooding poses an immediate threat to the lives and homes of many residents, as well as to the state’s economy. New Jersey has the fourth-largest population at risk of coastal flooding with 352 thousand people currently at risk of coastal flooding. That number is expected to more than double by 2050. Warmer water causes oceans to expand and sea levels to rise. It also causes more intense and frequent storms, like hurricanes. With flooding comes erosion causing the land to sink into the sea. A 100 year flood in Atlantic City is expected to be 20x more likely in 2050 than it is today. At this flood level, $75 billion worth of property and 750 hazardous waste sites in the state are at risk.

As wetlands and tidal marshes are lost to sea level rise, New Jersey will face the collapse of its coastal ecosystems as populations of crustaceans, fish, and birds face declines. Some of these creatures depend on the marshes for food, shelter, and protection from prey, while still others feed on the species that inhabit them. Additionally, rising sea levels will bring salt water farther inland ultimately intruding into the ground water. The soil may become too salty for the trees and crops that currently grow in low-lying areas.

Almost all electricity in New Jersey comes from natural gas or nuclear power. In 2018, these resources provided 94% of the state’s net electricity generation. Natural gas surpassed nuclear power for the first time in 2015, and now accounts for slightly more than half of the state’s generated electricity. The share of New Jersey’s electricity generated by coal has dropped from 10% in 2010 to 2% in 2018. Renewable energy accounts for about 5% of New Jersey’s electricity, and about 75% of that renewable energy comes from solar.

New Jersey’s renewable portfolio standard was updated in 2018, requiring renewables to account for 21% of the state’s electricity by 2021, 35% by 2025, and 50% by 2050. In 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy established a state-wide Climate and Flood Resilience Program and appointed a Chief Resilience Officer. Governor Murphy also established the Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, which is comprised of 16 agencies tasked with developing short-term and long-term action plans to promote the mitigation of climate change’s consequences and adaptation and resilience of New Jersey to climate-related challenges. New Jersey is the only state in the US to require climate change to be part of its K-12 education curriculum.

New Jersey is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Proposed Wind Energy Project Offshore New Jersey

03/15/24
In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced it will initiate the environmental review of a…
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New Jersey voters may soon decide whether they have a right to a clean environment

By Wayne Parry 03/14/24
New Jersey, known as much for its beaches and blueberries as for the chemical plants and refineries that line some of its major highways, is considering asking voters a fundamental question: Should the state guarantee…
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Curbing Our Emissions in New Jersey

03/13/24
New Jersey is actively tracking its greenhouse gas emissions and working towards achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Climate change programs in New Jersey are effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.…
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New Jersey Climate Change Resilience Strategy

03/13/24
As directed by Executive Order No. 89 , the Chief Resilience Officer, with the support of the Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, developed a statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy. The Climate Change Resilience Strategy, released…
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Artists and Community Organizations Work Together to Communicate Climate Risks in New Jersey

02/15/24
Four New Jersey community-based organizations (CBOs) recently received funding to work with regional artists to develop community-engaged art projects that communicate climate risks to the public. These projects were made possible through funding awarded by…
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It’s time for Northeast to prep for floods like those that hit this winter. Climate change is why

By Patrick Whittle 02/15/24
After back-to-back storms lashed the Northeast in January, rental properties Haim Levy owns in coastal Hampton, New Hampshire, were hammered by nearly two feet of water, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage…
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New Jersey denies bulkhead for shore town with wrecked sand dunes

By Wayne Parry 02/01/24
New Jersey is refusing to allow a shore town whose sand dunes have washed away in places to build a bulkhead to protect itself, ruling that no one is in imminent danger.
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Thinking buyout after recent floods? NJ DEP staff will take questions at meetings

By Philip DeVencentis 02/01/24
Flood-stricken residents who are considering government-funded buyouts of their properties can attend an upcoming forum to learn more about the voluntary program.
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New Jersey approves two offshore wind projects totaling 3.7 GW

By Diana DiGangi 01/25/24
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced Wednesday that it has awarded 2.4 GW of capacity to the Leading Light Wind project and around 1.3 GW of capacity to Attentive Energy Two as part…
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What is Blue Acres? New Jersey DEP program aims to help homeowners impacted by increasing flooding

By Brandon Goldner 01/24/24
As New Jersey families faced another round of storms Tuesday, flooding in low-lying areas continued to be a major problem.
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Sand dollars: NJ’s costly beach replenishment cycle faces climate-change challenge

By Andrew S. Lewis 01/18/24
Just as the last sand-and-seawater slurry was pumped onshore and bulldozed into place on the beachfront at Strathmere, Cape May County, earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency. Yet another powerful…
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NJ’s lucrative clam fishing industry is threatened by climate change – and the wind farms meant to fight it

By Michael Sol Warren and John Upton 12/11/23
Seagulls and the setting sun hung low over the Manasquan Inlet as a 125-foot clam trawler motored into a berth at Point Pleasant Beach. The crew set to work unloading the fruits of 58 hours…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program

03/14/24
New Jersey is dedicated to taking proactive and decisive measures to address climate change. This commitment is evident through the State’s persistent endeavors in both developing and executing strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

Preparing For Climate Impacts

03/14/24
In a continuous effort towards a stronger New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 89 on October 29, 2019 appointing the State’s first Chief Resilience Officer, mandating the development of a Scientific Report…

Murphy Administration, Offshore Wind Developers Detail Transformative Benefits of New Projects That Will Advance New Jersey’s 100% Clean Energy Goal

03/01/24
The Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy today joined key State agencies and stakeholders to showcase the enormous environmental and economic benefits that will be produced by New Jersey’s most recent awarding…

Lawmakers push for more incentives to achieve clean-energy goals

02/12/24
The Legislature is pushing for new incentives to advance a range of clean-energy initiatives that include expanding reliance on solar power, electrifying commercial fleets and creating a market for systems to store energy.

New Jersey Senators seek to remedy state’s slow progress on energy storage deployment

02/06/24
A bill aimed at creating a pilot programme to incentivise energy storage deployment in New Jersey has advanced through the US state’s legislature after senators voted in its favour.

Voters may get to say no to new natural-gas power plants

02/05/24
In a step to bolster action to fight climate change, a legislative committee plans this week to take up a proposed constitutional amendment to ban construction of new fossil fuel power plants in New Jersey.

New Jersey explores sunset of fossil fuel power plants

02/05/24
New Jersey lawmakers are exploring a tectonic shift in the state’s energy policy that could phase out nearly all of its fossil fuel power plants in the coming decades and ensure they don’t return without…

New Jersey energy planners award two new offshore wind bids

01/24/24
New Jersey utility regulators announced two new offers for offshore wind projects Wednesday, aiming to revive the state’s renewable energy ambitions and pushing future development farther into the New York Bight beyond 40 miles off…

Hoboken establishes new department to wage its own war against climate change

By Ron Zeitlinger 01/11/24
People are always complaining about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it. Until now, sort of.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Community Solar Energy Program

01/04/24
Governor Phil Murphy today signed A4782/S3123 to further strengthen New Jersey’s community solar program – expanding access to clean energy and lowering utility costs for New Jersey households. The Community Solar Energy Program (CSEP) allows…

As climate crisis deepens, NJ confronts pivotal choices on green energy

01/03/24
This is likely to be a consequential year for state plans to transition to a clean energy economy as policymakers face a formidable array of tough questions they need to answer about phasing out the…

NJ Committee Mulls Making 100% Clean Energy by 2035 Law

11/27/23
The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee took testimony on a bill that would put into law the state’s goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2035.

Gov. Murphy, Democrats stick with offshore wind despite end of major windfarm projects

11/01/23
Ørsted’s withdrawal from two New Jersey offshore wind projects has upended New Jersey’s clean energy goals, though Gov. Phil Murphy signaled the state would continue on its path toward more renewables.

Offshore wind company pulls out of New Jersey projects, a setback to Biden’s green agenda

10/31/23
Orsted, the company that Democrats up and down the Eastern Seaboard have been counting on to build offshore wind farms, is pulling the plug on two of its largest projects, a setback for President Joe…

US Goes Bonkers Over Floating Solar Power Plants

06/15/23
First it was a trickle, now it’s a flood. US energy planners are finally catching up with the floating solar trend, in which solar panels rest on the waters of lakes, reservoirs, and other bodies…

TCNJ cuts ribbon on solar arrays to enhance sustainability efforts

06/14/23
Greenskies Clean Focus, a national leader in renewable energy solutions, funded the projects at no upfront cost to TCNJ, who will purchase the power generated by the arrays from Greenskies at a low, fixed rate…

State lays out road map for ‘decarbonizing’ homes and buildings

06/14/23
A state agency has crafted what it touts as a first step toward large-scale transformation of New Jersey’s buildings, a plan to reduce emissions from the state’s second-largest source of global-warming pollution.

NJ Push for 100% Clean Electricity Meets Opposition

06/09/23
A bill to require that only clean electricity be sold in New Jersey by 2035 has stalled over concerns from environmentalists, labor groups and solar developers.

Major New Jersey Companies Support Affordable, Equitable, Pro-Worker Transition to 100% Clean Energy

06/08/23
More than a dozen companies with headquarters or operations in New Jersey released a letter today to Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers, urging them to support legislation committing New Jersey to 100% clean energy…

America’s Largest Floating Solar Array Comes Online in New Jersey

06/06/23
NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), the renewable energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, and New Jersey American Water, the state’s largest water and wastewater utility company, recently celebrated their collaboration on North America’s largest floating…

Sussex County insurance company unveils new solar facility to sell energy

04/24/23
A Sussex County insurance company commemorated Earth Day by officially unveiling the second phase of its solar program that will provide renewable energy for the community.

Construction leaders attack feasibility of green NJ Transit power source

03/24/23
Construction industry leaders have attacked a recent study promoted by environmentalists that pushed a green energy alternative to NJ Transit's controversial plan to build a fossil fuel power plant for its train lines.

New Jersey opens third offshore wind solicitation

03/07/23
OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey’s utility board opens a third offshore wind capacity solicitation, seeking between 1.2 and 4 GW worth of projects. (news release)

New Jersey Just Announced Big Climate Actions. How Far Do They Go?

03/06/23
Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy significantly ramped up his state’s response to the climate crisis by announcing a suite of measures designed to incentivize clean energy and boost resilience. The new initiatives come…

New Jersey Plan to Expand Electric Heating, End Sales of Gasoline-Fueled Vehicles Called ‘Impractical’

03/03/23
New Jersey is joining other states by setting a 2035 goal of 100% clean energy by ending the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles and switching to electric heating for buildings.

Money meant for N.J.’s shift to clean energy is again ‘raided’ despite $10B budget surplus

03/01/23
New Jersey’s habit of diverting part of its budget away from clean energy and toward other matters — namely NJ Transit operations — did not end Tuesday.

New Jersey launches tool to link residents with community solar projects

02/27/23
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced it has launched the New Jersey Community Solar Project Finder. This online tool allows New Jersey residents to search by zip code for community solar projects…

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Incentivize Decarbonization of Concrete Industry

01/30/23
Governor Phil Murphy today signed bill S287, which provides corporation business tax (CBT) and gross income tax credits for costs of preparing environmental product declarations that assess the global warming potential of various concrete mixes…

NREL Leads the Charge to Electric Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey

01/30/23
If goods are the lifeblood of global trade, ports are America's arteries, helping to pump cargo in and out of the United States. But the work of ports—and the diesel-fueled drayage trucks that move freight…

Governor Murphy Announces Planning for New 2024 Energy Master Plan

01/20/23
Governor Murphy today announced the commencement of planning for the development of a new Energy Master Plan (EMP) for release in 2024. The 2024 EMP will reflect New Jersey’s updated climate goals and the impacts…

New Jersey takes green turn with wind bond deal

01/17/23
With the Inflation Reduction Act promoting renewable energy development, it is expected major green energy deals will be plentiful in the coming months.

Second firm to use New Jersey Wind Port for offshore wind farm

01/12/23
A second wind energy firm has signed on to lease space at the New Jersey Wind Port, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday before a gathering of South Jersey business leaders.

Governor Murphy Announces Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind to Become Second Major Tenant at New Jersey Wind Port

01/11/23
Governor Phil Murphy today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (“Atlantic Shores”), through which the company will lease…

New Jersey sets aside $3.3 million for offshore wind environment studies

03/17/22
The state Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday announced funding for studies and said they will soon release shortly a request for proposals. The agencies will also join the Regional…

New Jersey files for approval of offshore grid plans

01/28/22
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and PJM Interconnection have filed for approval of an agreement to implement New Jersey’s offshore wind transmission grid solicitation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Interior to Hold Auction for Offshore Wind Power in NY, NJ

01/12/22
The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce…

New Jersey joins national offshore wind research group

01/05/22
NOWRDC was established in 2018 and is national not-for-profit public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the US through research projects and cost-effective responsible development, while maximising other economic and social benefits.

How to address climate locally? These 6 places have plans

01/05/22
While much of the nation’s attention to climate adaptation has focused on large coastal cities with outsize risks, some of the most forward-leaning climate policies are coming from less urbanized places such as Marina, Calif.;…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

12/21/21
As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

NJ will slowly phase out diesel trucks for electric vehicles to combat pollution

12/20/21
In an effort to reduce pollution and curb global warming, New Jersey will become the first East Coast state to slowly phase out diesel trucks and replace them with electric vehicles under new rules adopted…

Governor Murphy’s 2030 climate goal demands a new climate game plan for New Jersey

12/10/21
Last month, Governor Phil Murphy elevated New Jersey’s fight against the climate crisis this decade by signing Executive Order No. 274, which commits the state to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% below 2006 levels by…

New Jersey commits to reducing climate pollutants by 50% by 2030

11/16/21
On the heels of Hurricane Ida, New Jersey took a huge step to address the reality of extreme weather resulting from climate change.

Rutgers University Plans to Be Carbon-Negative by 2041

09/29/21
By the time Rutgers celebrates its 275th anniversary in 2041, it’s also hoping to be able to celebrate the creation of a carbon-negative campus.

Another offshore wind project eyed off New Jersey coastline

09/29/21
A company that has already received preliminary approval to build a wind farm off the southern coast of New Jersey is planning a second project.

Solar and Wind are Keys to NJ’s Lofty Renewable Energy Goals

09/20/21
Gov. Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, which was officially unveiled in January of 2020, set a goal of having 100% clean energy in the state by 2050. When the governor signed Executive Order No. 100,…

NJEDA signs 78-year lease for New Jersey wind hub

09/14/21
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) have signed a lease term for the New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County.

Solar Developer Sees Potential in Dual Use Solar for New Jersey Farmers

09/10/21
As New Jersey begins a pilot program for solar fields that accommodate farming, a Massachusetts solar developer aims to be at the forefront of the action.

Garden State seeks to go green, enables C-PACE

08/31/21
A new financing tool coming to the Garden State could be a major source of funding for landlords and developers.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing the Garden State C-PACE Program

08/24/21
Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (A-2374) which establishes the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program. The program will facilitate the funding of clean and renewable energy infrastructure at commercial properties throughout…

New Jersey Pushes to Double Solar Power Over Next 5 Years

07/28/21
New Jersey already has more solar installations per square mile than any other state in America, with tens of thousands of rooftop residential installations as well as larger-scale projects that pump megawatts of clean energy…

Governor Murphy Signs Bills to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future

07/09/21
Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

New Jersey receives record number of applications for community solar pilot program

By Kelsey Misbrener 04/06/21
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced it received a record 410 applications to participate in Year 2 of its Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The applications represent 800.5 MW of total capacity…

NEW COMMUNITY SOLAR FARM IN NEW JERSEY OPENS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS

04/05/21
Blue Army Shrine Project is Focused on Low and Moderate Income Residents (Silver Spring, Md) – Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland based Benefit Corporation announced today that it has begun enrolling customers for the 682 kilowatt…

Jersey City to Invest $21M with Major Energy Infrastructure Improvements, Solidifying Jersey City’s Position as a Regional Sustainability & Resiliency Leader

03/24/21
Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a new partnership with Schneider Electric to implement Jersey City’s first Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) to reduce operational costs, improve energy resiliency, and leverage energy savings to minimize cost on urgent capital…

New report says NJ could meet entire electric demand with offshore wind & ranks first for states with permitted projects moving forward

03/18/21
New Jersey ranks 7th amongst Atlantic coastal states for its technical potential for total offshore wind power but first in the states for current projects in the pipeline, according to a new report released today…

South Brunswick Township Adopts Clean Energy Program

02/01/21
South Brunswick Township will adopt a Community Energy Aggregation Program in an effort to reduce the township’s carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable and clean energy. The township council unanimously approved the measure…

South Brunswick approves clean energy program

02/01/21
The township council has unanimously approved an ordinance to create a clean energy program like those recently adopted in several nearby towns. The ordinance, advanced by local residents who worked with Food & Water Watch…

Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps New Jersey is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Hoboken Resiliency & Readiness Plan

06/13/20
Hoboken was once an island outcrop. Surrounding tidal marshes were filled in, but City remains vulnerable to storm surges due to low elevation at the north and south.

Energy Master Plan

02/06/20
2019 NEW JERSEY ENERGY MASTER PLAN PATHWAY TO 2050

New Jersey Energy Master Plan

03/15/19
Clean energy is vital for our future from both an economic development and environmental sustainability policy perspective. With this in mind, Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has set an ambitious goal of setting New Jersey…

KEY RESOURCES

Climate Change in New Jersey: Impacts & Effects

11/06/23
In New Jersey, the effects of climate change are already being felt. They will impact our state more strongly and quickly than other places in the world. This is due to the state's geographic location,…

State of the Climate New Jersey 2021

04/25/22
1. An overview summary of New Jersey climate trends from 1895 to 2021 and climate projections through 2100.

New Jersey State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/08/21
New Jersey, located on the Atlantic coast between New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is the fourth-smallest state by land area and the most densely populated state in the nation. Despite its extensive Atlantic Ocean beaches…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in New Jersey

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, New Jersey experienced four severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in New Jersey

07/31/20
New Jersey will have to quickly adapt to rising seas and the threats that they pose. According to a Risky Business report, New Jersey is expected to be seriously impacted by increased coastal storm intensity,…

Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan

08/12/19
Policy Vision to 2050

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

08/12/19
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.

Environment New Jersey

06/07/19
Funded by supporters, they research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they…

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

03/15/19
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.

MORE NEWS

New Jersey releases blueprint for landmark environmental justice law

By Julia Kane   06/22/22  
New Jersey is one major step closer to implementing a groundbreaking environmental justice law. Two years ago, the state passed legislation to limit industrial pollution in neighborhoods with a high concentration of people of color,…
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50 states of solar incentives: New York

By Ryan Kennedy   06/20/22  
The State of New York has been an early adopter of solar relative to the United States, and it has a healthy mix of residential, commercial, community, and utility-scale solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association…
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Murphy’s first-term climate goals turn to second-term worries for New Jersey green groups

By Ry Rivard   03/17/22  
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has given three major speeches since the beginning of the year and barely mentioned one of his signature issues — climate change.
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Palisades Virtuosi to Present GLOBAL WARNING – A Concert Devoted To Climate Concerns

By Chloe Rabinowitz   02/24/22  
The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will be in concert on Sunday, March 27 @ 3:00 PM, performing Global Warning - A Concert Devoted to Climate Concerns at Hackensack Performing Arts Center…
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Bayshore towns will see millions for flood prevention projects: Pallone

By Amanda Oglesby   01/28/22  
Communities in Monmouth and Middlesex counties will share $197.4 million to address growing flooding issues in waterfront communities along Raritan Bay and its tributaries, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. announced Thursday in a news conference…
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Coastal entrenchment vs. retreat

By RY Rivard and Marie J. French   01/24/22  
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jason Nark: Following Hurricane Ida, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy suggested expanding the state’s buyout program for flood-prone homes. But one community along Delaware Bay, shows just how hard that may be to…
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Teaching about sustainability, climate change

By Kristin Guglietti   01/22/22  
According to the NJDOE’s website, “On June 3, 2020, the State Board of Education adopted the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in the following content areas: Career Readiness, Life Literacies and Key Skills;…
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Hoboken Deadline Nears For Residents To Choose ‘Green’ Energy

By Caren Lissner   01/21/22  
The city of Hoboken recently announced the launch of a new renewable energy program that means residents will get a larger percentage of their energy supply from green sources. They will be automatically enrolled in…
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N.J. environmentalists sue Murphy administration over alleged inaction on climate change

By Noah Zucker   01/21/22  
When Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy replaced his Republican predecessor in 2018, many New Jersey environmental activists expected to see the state take dramatic steps in its effort to fight climate change. When Democratic Gov. Phil…
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New Jersey Climate Coalition Sues Murphy Administration Over Inaction

01/20/22  
The EmpowerNJ coalition sued the Murphy administration today for its failure to take enough meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the face of the escalating climate crisis and follow state law and…
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Pascrell Leads New Jersey Democrats in Support of Offshore Wind Project

01/15/22  
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) this week led all Democratic members of the New Jersey congressional delegation in support of constructing two offshore wind energy generation projects off the Garden State coast. The members…
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Biden administration will lease a half-million acres off N.J. and N.Y. coasts for wind power

By Frank Kummer   01/12/22  
The Biden administration announced Wednesday six new leases for offshore wind projects covering 480,000 acres off the coast of New Jersey and New York — states that already have ambitious plans for the renewable source…
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NJ Transit OKs $11M for work on 2 transit stations. It’s a perfect chance to go green, advocates say

By Larry Higgs   01/11/22  
Before NJ Transit’s directors approved contracts Monday to design plans for the restoration of Newark Penn Station and rehabilitation of Trenton Transit Centers platforms and access, environmentalists said they want those plans to include solar…
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Flooding, pipelines, warehouses top 2021 N.J. environmental news

By Tom Gilbert   01/10/22  
If New Jersey were to have a 2021 poster child for climate change, it would not be a child at all. It would be a storm named Ida which caused havoc and heartache by dumping…
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A Look at NJ’s 2022 Winter Weather and Snow Expectations

By Jacqueline Mroz   01/04/22  
South Jersey saw its first big winter storm of 2022 on Monday, marking the start of what we’re told is actually expected to be an average winter in the Garden State. But in the era…
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How sea level rise is affecting your commute to and around Atlantic City

By John Upton   12/30/21  
Like many of the 21,735 casino workers in New Jersey, Mike Luko’s ability to get to and from work can be affected by the direction of the moon, the phase of the moon and what…
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Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost   12/21/21  
As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.
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New Jersey is uniquely vulnerable to climate change | Sheneman

By Drew Sheneman   11/28/21  
New Jersey’s 130 miles of majestic coastline are one of the state’s crown jewel. Punchlines aside, the Jersey shore is an amazing resource that serves as an amazing source of recreation and commerce. It also…
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Jersey Shore underwater? Detailed maps project future of rising tides

By Brian Taff and Heather Grubola   11/24/21  
Climate change could threaten to leave the Jersey Shore underwater, as detailed maps project the future of rising tides.Since 1985, Dr. Stewart Farrell has worked in his outdoor office tucked away at the waterfront outpost…
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How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise

By Samantha Harrington   11/05/21  
From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact…
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🦃The Power of Vertical Integration: Spotlight on Double Brook Farm

By Josh Kiman   10/01/21  
Many businesses dream of vertical integration to maximize control and efficiencies, cut costs, improve quality, and boost profitability.  Yet it remains exceedingly rare because of the substantial up-front costs and the time, tenacity, and vision…
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13 Municipalities awarded Atlantic City Electric Sustainable Communities grants

By Nanette LoBiondo Galloway   09/29/21  
Atlantic City Electric, together with its program administrator Sustainable Jersey, have chosen 13 local municipalities to receive $75,000 in funds to support open space and resiliency projects in South Jersey.
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Penneast Cancels Pipeline Project — Months After Winning Its Case At The U.s. Supreme Court

By Susan Phillips   09/29/21  
After years of battling New Jersey over permits to build a natural gas pipeline from Northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County — a fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — PennEast…
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Warming climate brings opportunity – and challenges – to NJ’s wine industry

09/27/21  
But the benefits of greater warmth come with strings attached, including extreme storms, that can complicate production in New Jersey, now the seventh-largest producer of wine in the United States and rapidly becoming a veritable…
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New Jersey weighs expanding flood buyback program after Ida

By Mike Catalini   09/24/21  
Liz Sawyer called Manville, New Jersey, home for more than two decades when Ida became the latest storm to send floodwaters crashing into her house. For her and her family it will — she hopes…
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Atlantic City Electric Announces Major Actions to Combat Climate Change

09/22/21  
Atlantic City Electric announced a major climate change commitment, launching a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of New Jersey achieve its clean energy and climate goals.
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‘Out of sight’: New York, New Jersey must look underground to prepare for climate change

By Danielle Muoio and RY Rivard   09/22/21  
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, elected officials across New York and New Jersey said it was time to get serious in the fight against climate change — vowing to build back homes and infrastructure…
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Teaneck renewable energy referendum ordered onto the ballot

By Joey Fox   09/13/21  
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Wilson has ordered that a referendum establishing a renewable energy credit system be placed on the November ballot, marking the second court loss for Acting Township Clerk Doug Ruccione today.
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Ida left a message. How will NJ respond?

By Star- Ledger Editorial Board   09/12/21  
Climate change stopped by New Jersey last week and trashed the place. It raised rivers like the Raritan to twice its flood height. It smashed entire Gloucester County neighborhoods with tornados and 150-mph winds. It…
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Massive wind port said to curb climate change, boost jobs

By Jon Hurdle   09/10/21  
New Jersey’s budding offshore wind industry got an official endorsement Thursday with a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new state-financed port that will service the host of turbines due for construction in the next few years.
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Judge sides with Hoboken in climate lawsuit venue fight

By Alex Guillen   09/08/21  
A federal judge in New Jersey ruled on Wednesday that the city of Hoboken's climate lawsuit against Exxon Mobil and other oil and gas companies should be sent back to state court, the latest in…
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Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope

Jon Hurdle   09/06/21  
Will Hurricane Ida’s devastation persuade New Jersey policymakers that it’s time to move more people out of flood-prone areas, build roads in places where they won’t be overwhelmed by surging waters, or ensure that drinking-water…
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Homes, banquet hall burn to ground in Manville as flooded roads block firefighters

By Rodrigo Torrejon   09/03/21  
At least three fires continue to burn and smolder Friday morning in the flood-ravaged town of Manville with streets still overrun by water, causing access issues for firefighters and first responders.
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N.J. weather: Dangerous, historic flooding likely today after deadly Ida storms hammers state

By Anthony G. Attrino   09/02/21  
While skies are clearing Thursday morning after a disastrous night of heavy rainfall that caused massive flooding that left at least eight people dead in New Jersey, the threat of more flooding remains as residents brace for…
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This New Jersey community solar project is fully subscribed thanks in part to Boys & Girls Club

By SB Staff   08/31/21  
New Jersey solar developer Solar Landscape has energized another of its first-year portfolio community solar projects and is delivering clean energy to local residents in northeast New Jersey.
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NJ readies for green future but says little about costs

By Tom Johnson   08/17/21  
By some accounts, the Murphy administration is making significant progress in its goal to transition to 100% clean energy by mid-century to avoid the worst of the expected impacts of climate change.
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The Long, Slow Drowning of the New Jersey Shore

By Andrew S. Lewis   08/12/21  
From a satellite’s point of view, New Jersey’s barrier islands barely register, like fine white bones pulled from a body of green, separated by a vascular tissue of wetlands and shallow bays.
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Could A Surfside Building Disaster Happen On The NY Or NJ Coast?

By Lydia MCMullen-Laird   07/26/21  
Last week, search crews reached the bottom of the rubble at the Champlain Towers condo building site in Surfside, Florida, where at least 98 people perished due to a deadly collapse in June. The exact cause is still unclear,…
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They’re not blown away by NJ’s offshore wind power plans

By Wayne Parry   07/17/21  
 New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans.
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Proposed Budget Resolution Would Support Restoration of the New Jersey School of Conservation

06/15/21  
A budget resolution to fund the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) submitted by Senator Bob Smith (LD-17) and Assemblyman John McKeon (LD-27) is gaining momentum with at least eight other legislators signing on as…
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Biden’s offshore wind bonanza is coming to New York and New Jersey

By Emily Pontecorvo   06/14/21  
Until recently, it looked like the best chance of climate action from the Biden administration was going to be an infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. Now, the possibility of getting strong climate provisions…
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For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

By Lisa Friedman   06/11/21  
The Biden administration on Friday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to develop offshore wind farms in shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its push…
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Towns tasked with fighting climate-change impact

By Jon Hurdle   06/11/21  
New Jersey environmental officials on Thursday unveiled a “toolkit” to help the state’s 565 local governments integrate climate change into their land-use policy.
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First power auction in three years yields boon for consumers

By Tom Johnson   06/07/21  
In a bit of good news for consumers, the price electric customers pay to keep the lights on might dip somewhat beginning in June 2022.
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Rutgers, Offshore Wind Firm to Study Impact on Clams Off NJ Coast

By Wayne Parry   06/04/21  
A company hoping to build a wind power farm off the coast of southern New Jersey is partnering with Rutgers University and the state's clam industry to study the potential impacts of wind farms on the shellfish.
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New Jersey’s 2nd Offshore Wind Project Expected to Be Approved June 24

By Brian X .McCrone   06/04/21  
New Jersey is expected to approve up to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy at a June 24 meeting of the state's Board of Public Utilities, which would set the stage for hundreds of wind…
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On the Jersey Shore, Surf’s Up — Way Up

By Francis Wilkinson   05/28/21  
In New Jersey’s beach towns, there are two sets of data that always seem to be rising: property values and sea levels. Neither phenomenon is particularly subtle, and eventually their trajectories will collide. But no…
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Sea level rise results in smaller Jersey Shore storms to cause flooding

By Amanda Oglesby   05/28/21  
 A mild winter storm season left most New Jersey beaches and dunes in good condition for the summer tourist season, but smaller storms triggered coastal flooding, according to environmental officials.
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With solar sale, PSEG doubles down on offshore wind and nuclear

By Scott Voorhis   05/14/21  
The sale of Public Service Enterprise Group's (PSEG) solar portfolio is part of a larger strategy, one that has the New Jersey-based power company betting big on another source of renewable energy – offshore wind…
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Hearings set for members of public to weigh in on offshore wind farms

By Alison Grillo   04/12/21  
The public will have a chance this month to tell the feds what it thinks about the massive offshore wind farms planned 15 miles from Atlantic City.
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