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

White House adviser led grassroots N.J. clean energy fights

By Miranda Willson   04/12/21  
Included in President Biden's $2.2 trillion infrastructure package is a call to establish an energy efficiency and clean electricity standard. But the administration hasn't revealed much about what the standard might look like.
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Mercer Co. To Install 11 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

By Sarah Salvadore   04/12/21  
 Mercer County residents driving an electric car will soon have charging stations across the county.
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Jersey City Announces $2M Partnership to Build New Facility for the Homeless

By Hoboken Girl Team   04/12/21  
The City of Jersey City has announced the expansion of Jersey City’s homeless resident outreach efforts with a $2 million commitment to provide more permanent solutions for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
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Could tiny sensors keep methane out of our atmosphere—and homes?

By Hannah Ali   04/12/21  
You’ve seen the images: floating islands of plastic in the ocean, marine life entangled in nets and lines. Whether in the ocean or on land, plastic pollutants—and their effects—are often visible.
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By Michael Symons   04/11/21  
A lot of water, sewer and wastewater infrastructure in New Jersey is going to need to be replaced or upgraded in the decades ahead,
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Biden’s plan is aggressive but New Jersey doesn’t have the same urgency | Opinion

By Jeff Tittel   04/11/21  
We’ve had a major problem in this country with infrastructure and tackling climate change.
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New report: By electrifying all its buildings, New Jersey could reap tremendous health and climate benefits

04/06/21  
New Jersey ranks #9 for highest potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction from electrifying buildings in the next 30 years, according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey, NJPIRG, and Frontier Group.
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NJ eyes work to protect coastline, reduce carbon emissions

By Wayne Parry   03/31/21  
 New Jersey will study its coastal marshes, estuaries and back bays to develop a list of projects to help protect shore communities, restore damaged ecosystems, and prevent the release of planet-warming carbon into the atmosphere.
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Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis   03/30/21  
The White House on Monday detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in…
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Governor Murphy Applauds Biden Administration for Advancing New Jersey Ocean Wind Project

03/29/21  
 Governor Phil Murphy today applauded the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s issuance of a Notice of Intent (NOI) to advance Ocean Wind, Ørsted’s 1,100 MW offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of…
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Biden targets big offshore wind power expansion to fight climate change

By Richard Valdmanis , Nichola Groom   03/29/21  
 The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a goal to expand the nation’s fledgling offshore wind energy industry in the coming decade by opening new areas to development, accelerating permits, and boosting public financing for projects.
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South Jersey has fastest sea level rise on East Coast, study finds

By Frank Kummer   03/26/21  
A new study led by Rutgers University that looked at sea level rise at six locations on the East Coast over the last 2,000 years found that levels rose twice as fast in the 20th…
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NJ pension fund must end all investment in fossil fuels, climate activists contend

By John Reitmeyer   03/25/21  
The people running New Jersey’s pension-fund investments have changed polices and strategies with an eye toward a more sustainable future amid climate change.
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‘Bottom-up’ plan underway to catalogue NJ’s vulnerable coastal communities

By Andrew S. Lewis   03/23/21  
As the Murphy administration works toward its goal of better preparing the state for the impacts of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050,
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With offshore wind, New Jersey could be launching its biggest job creator ‘since the casinos’

By Frank Kummer   03/20/21  
New Jersey is betting big on offshore wind — not just to reduce carbon emissions, but with high hopes of transforming into a dominant player in renewable energy along the East Coast and wresting away…
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Board was right to allow $300M nuclear subsidy, appeals court rules

By Tom Johnson   03/19/21  
A state appeals court upheld the decision by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to give hundreds of millions of dollars, paid by utility customers, to the owners of three nuclear power plants in…
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Belleville School District to Add Two New Electric Buses, Funded by a State Grant

By Tap Into Newark Staff   02/22/21  
The ride to school will soon be more environmentally friendly for some Belleville students. The school district will be adding two new electric school buses from Lion Electric valued at $834,604 through a grant contributed…
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Ocean Wind Project, Offshore New Jersey

01/19/21  
The Ocean Wind project is a 1,100MW offshore wind farm proposed to be developed in New Jersey, US. It will be located off the coast of Atlantic City, approximately 24km off the coast of southern…
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N.J. approves $700 million PSE&G plan to roll out smart meters

By Andrew Maykuth   01/08/21  
Public Service Electric and Gas Co. received approval Thursday to spend $700 million over four years to roll out smart meters for its 2.3 million customers, vaulting New Jersey’s largest utility into an modern age…
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PSE&G Gets Green Light to Provide Smart Meters in New Jersey

01/08/21  
Public Service Electric & Gas received approval this week (Jan 7) from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to invest approximately $700 million during the next four years to provide its 2.3 million electric…
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Montclair schools approve vendors for solar energy project

By Erin Roll   01/07/21  
Montclair is one step closer to being able to create solar energy at its schools. The school district has awarded a solar panel contract to two companies, Eznergy, based in Toms River, and Greenskies Renewable…
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N.J. presses Supreme Court not to hear PennEast Pipeline case after feds throw support behind it

By Caroline Fassett   01/07/21  
The New Jersey Attorney General is urging the Supreme Court not to review and overturn a federal appeals court ruling issued last year against a $1 billion natural gas pipeline that will run through New…
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KDC Solar turns on carport at CentraState Medical in New Jersey

By SB Staff   01/06/21  
KDC Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CI Renewables LLC, commenced commercial operations of its 1.6-MW solar carport at CentraState Medical in Freehold, N.J. The new system will generate approximately 2.1 million kWh of…
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Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Top 10 N.J. Weather, Climate Events in 2020

By Rutgers University-New Brunswick   01/06/21  
Rutgers University–New Brunswick climatologist David A. Robinson is available for interviews on the top 10 weather and climate events in New Jersey in 2020.
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
And despite the continual crises and President Trump’s desperate efforts to turn back the clock on climate and clean energy in the United States, states, cities, and communities continued to demand and lead the fight…
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PSE&G expected to bring smart meters to New Jersey

By Tom Johnson   01/05/21  
Public Service Electric & Gas has reached a tentative settlement with state regulators allowing it to spend more than $700 million to install smart meters in the homes and businesses of its 2.3 million electric…
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Developer wants to revive nuclear power at Oyster Creek site

By Bill Opalka   01/05/21  
NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning the closed Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey says it is interested in developing a new next-generation nuclear power plant at the site.
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Proposal to build LNG terminal on Delaware River could pose early test for the Biden administration

By Will Englund   01/05/21  
Environmental organizations have so far been unable to stop a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on the Delaware River but are hoping to find allies in the incoming Biden administration.
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South Brunswick Township Adopts Clean Energy Program, Aims for 100% Renewable Energy by 2030

By Jacob Turchi   01/04/21  
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…
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Sierra Club: DEP’s Land Use PACT Does Not Protect Against Climate Threats

01/04/21  
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has released a Framework of Potential Amendments to Land Resource Protection Rules as part of NJ Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJ PACT). The rules are expected to be formally…
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Planned New Jersey wind port will help meet strong demand from a growing offshore industry

By Jon Hurdle   01/04/21  
The wind port New Jersey is planning for about 200 acres along the Delaware River will help the state meet its ambitious goal of 100% clean-energy use by 2050, as it also responds to strong…
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N.J. needs to hold Big Oil accountable for climate damages

By Jeff Tittel   01/04/21  
New Jersey experienced its second-hottest summer on record last year, the hurricane activity in the Atlantic is setting new records nearly every week and the American West suffered a devastating fire season.
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Modest clean-energy gains: NJ 2020, the year of COVID-19

By Tom Johnson   12/30/20  
The state’s plans to transform New Jersey into a clean-energy economy achieved modest goals in 2020, but it will face more significant challenges next year as officials continue to cope with a once-in-a-century pandemic.
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New NJ rules would crack down on pollution from power plants, trucks, industrial boilers

By Tom Johnson   12/29/20  
New rules to curb global warming pollution from power plants, smaller commercial and industrial boilers, and to shift New Jersey’s medium- and heavy-duty truck market from fossil fuels to zero-emission vehicles are being drafted by…
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Commodities 2021: States racing to set goals toward net-zero emission, 100% renewable electricity

By Kassia Micek   12/24/20  
Four more governors announced plans to put their states on a path toward 100% renewables or carbon-free emissions, bringing the total up to 12 states that are leading the US energy transition, while the recent…
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New Jersey invests $250m in monopile factory

12/23/20  
New Jersey is to invest $250m for a monopile factory in the US state in a project that also includes Orsted and EEW. The facility, which will be located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in…
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New Jersey, other states pass on climate-change plan for transportation

By Tom Johnson   12/23/20  
A regional plan to reduce carbon pollution from vehicles is off to an inauspicious start with only a trio of states and the District of Columbia agreeing this week to take part while eight states,…
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SJI, Atlantic Shores enter green hydrogen pilot in New Jersey

By Veselina Petrova   12/18/20  
Energy services provider South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE:SJI) has joined hands with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind in a demo project for the production of green hydrogen in New Jersey.  
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State drags feet on releasing clean-energy costs — again

By Tom Johnson   12/17/20  
Once again, the state is delaying release of an analysis of what it will cost consumers and businesses to transition to a clean-energy economy, a move many fear may spike increases in utility bills.
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Lawrence Township earns top environmental award

By Lea Kahn   12/16/20  
Lawrence Township’s focus on sustainability – from creating a solar carport at the municipal building to installing two electric car charging stations for public and municipal use – has earned the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award…
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Phase One of Charge Up New Jersey EV Incentive Program Complete

12/16/20  
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced that Phase One of the state's Charge Up New Jersey electric vehicle (EV) incentive program came to a successful close on Dec. 15. The program is…
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Pandemic has been tough on employment in N.J’s green energy sector

By Tom Johnson   12/16/20  
After four years of steady growth, energy-saving programs and other efficiency efforts were slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with as many as 6,202 jobs wiped out in New Jersey from last December, according to a…
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Ørsted joins race for offshore wind capacity in New Jersey

By Veselina Petrova   12/14/20  
Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has taken part in New Jersey’s second solicitation for offshore wind capacity with a proposal of 1.1 GW, state regulators confirmed last week.
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Thousands of NJ’s Affordable Homes Under Threat From Climate Change Flooding

By Michael Sol Warren and Avalon Zoppo   12/14/20  
When Hurricane Sandy hit Atlantic City in 2012, floodwaters swept up to the second step of the buildings at Julissa Carmona’s apartment complex, wrecking the Honda she had parked on the street.
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Orsted joins Atlantic Shores in 2.3GW NJ shoot-out

12/11/20  
Developers Orsted and Atlantic Shores have confirmed separate bids in the ongoing 2300MW New Jersey offshore wind shoot-out.
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New Jersey’s war on energy will harm the local economy

By Michael Busler   12/10/20  
Elected officials in New Jersey continue to wage war against energy companies, all in the name of solving climate change. The irony is that not only will this not accomplish their stated goal, but it…
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Barely above water

By Avalon Zoppo and Michael Sol Warren   12/09/20  
When Hurricane Sandy hit Atlantic City in 2012, floodwaters swept up to the second step of the buildings at Julissa Carmona’s apartment complex, wrecking the Honda she had parked on the street.
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Poll: 71% Of New Jersey Voters Support Transportation And Climate Initiative “as Part Of The Recovery From The Pandemic”

12/09/20  
The vast majority of Eastern U.S. voters (70 percent) support the multi-state Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) as a way to jumpstart the struggling economy in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, according a scientific survey…
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PSEG says it will take 25% stake in Ørsted Ocean Wind project

By Tom Johnson   12/07/20  
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to buy a 25% stake in New Jersey’s first offshore-wind project, signaling an interest in becoming a significant player in the emerging industry along the Eastern Seaboard.
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At One Of America’s Most Toxic Superfund Sites, Climate Change Imperils More Than Cleanup

By Erik Ortiz   10/01/20  
In the bewildering days after Superstorm Sandy roiled the Eastern seaboard in October 2012, shredding coastal communities with hurricane-force winds and once-in-a-generation flooding, Ana Baptista ventured into the Ironbound, an industrial neighborhood of Newark.
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