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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]

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Solar Renewable Energy Credit Markets Choking to Death

June 9, 2011 by Reginald Norris

The pace of solar installations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is ironically destroying the incentives that make such installations possible.Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), existing in states that have Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), represent the environmental attributes from a solar facility, and are produced each time a...[read more]

The Top 10 Solar States

May 18, 2011 by Reginald Norris
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The New York Times recently published its top 10 solar states in the United States for 2010, ranking states based on installed solar power capacity. Most people will not be surprised to see a number of western states on the list but they might be surprised to see so many eastern states making noise on the list as well.To begin,...[read more]

Overview of New Jersey Solar Incentives

April 14, 2011 by Reginald Norris
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Everyone seems to know that California currently leads in the nation in installed solar capacity. Many, however, do not know that New Jersey is the second largest solar state in the U.S. with 137 megawatts of installed solar power in 2010 which was almost a 140% increase over the 57.3 megawatts installed in 2009 and 517% increase over...[read more]