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Two Years After Sandy, the Conversation Around Energy Resiliency Still Going Strong

November 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency

New Jersey has made great strides forward and impressive progress toward making the Garden State’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since the damage and flooding from Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage.[read more]

New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

October 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.[read more]

New Jersey Transit Becomes a Leader in Microgrids

October 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Transit Infrastructure and Microgrids

 

Superstorm Sandy crippled much of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure two years ago. Stuck without power at home, many also couldn’t get to work because the operations center for New Jersey Transit flooded, damaging backup power systems, emergency generation, and the computers that control train operations.[read more]

New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

July 31, 2014 by Lewis Milford

New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.[read more]

New Jersey: 80 Percent by 2050

March 29, 2014 by Stephanie Matteson
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New Jersey and Renewables

At the Intersolar Summit New Jersey 2014 in Edison on March 20, Lyle K. Rawlings, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA), reeled off a long list of solar accomplishments that have taken place in New Jersey.[read more]

New Jersey Is the Latest State to Try to Run Tesla Off the Road

March 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be in hot water over who knew what when regarding the bridge lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, but it is the latest transportation-related maneuver by his administration that has people protesting.[read more]

New Jersey Must Consider Climate Change Risks in Recovery Programs

March 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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New Jersey and Climate Change

Extreme weather events in recent years have made states throughout the country rethink how investments in communities can make them more resilient to future storms and other types of natural disasters. There is no clearer example of this than in New York and New Jersey.[read more]

Can Climate Hawks Beat Chris Christie To Let New Jersey Rejoin RGGI?

January 10, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

New Jersey and the RGGI

New Jersey became an outlier in American carbon markets when Governor Chris Christie unilaterally pulled out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2011, but that doesn’t mean climate hawks have given up the fight to circumvent Christie’s backward actions.[read more]

New Jersey Passes 1GW Solar Energy Milestone

March 22, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

solar energy in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities announced this week it has joined a prestigious renewable energy club, becoming the third US state to pass the 1-gigawatt mark in total installed solar capacity.[read more]

Is Gas Rationing Superior to Raising Prices for Consumers?

November 13, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles
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Gas Prices via Shutterstock

With New Jersey about to end the odd-even gasoline rationing imposed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we have an opportunity to consider whether this kind of response actually produces better outcomes than the price increases by which the market would normally balance supply and demand. Most of the defenses of "price gouging" that I've seen, including Matthew Yglesias's recent posting in Slate, tend to focus mainly on its supply-side aspects.[read more]

New Jersey solar installers seek “Endless Summer” at ratepayer expense

May 21, 2012 by Michael Giberson
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A crisis is coming for the New Jersey solar power installation industry. Stringent solar power purchase requirements imposed on electric utilities (i.e. on electric utility ratepayers) has turned the state into the nation’s second largest for solar power capacity installed, behind only sunny California.But now that installed capacity is...[read more]

Will SREC Prices Affect Solar Leasing?

March 2, 2012 by Chip Gaul
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 Several forums, including this one, covering residential solar developments have commented on the volatility of SREC markets in some states. But few have yet to note the potentially tremendous impact on solar leasing, and residential solar adoption in general, in those SREC states experiencing severe fluctuations in pricing. You...[read more]

When Too Much (Solar) Success Is a Bad Thing

August 25, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

New Jersey is known as the "Garden State," but drive through it these days and you see a different kind of harvest: solar energy. You'll find solar panels on large suburban homes and apartment complexes, solar panels on many of the light poles, solar panels on large warehouse facilities, and box stores. There's even a 7,000-panel, 1.4-...[read more]

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Utility Integrated Solar Power Grew 100% in 2010

June 22, 2011 by Reginald Norris
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Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its latest report which showed that U.S. electric utility providers are including more and more solar power generation in their portfolios and much of this increases is happening outside of California. (Click here for the Executive Summary of the report)The Solar Electric Power...[read more]

Latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Nets $25.5 Million

June 14, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the United States' first market-based regulatory mechanism to reduce carbon emissions, has completed its 12th quarterly carbon credit auction. The auction [pdf] saw 12,537,000, or 30%, of the 42,034,184 available carbon allowances sold.  25 entities submitted successful bids to acquire...[read more]