News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJ Assembly Votes to Override Gov. Christie on RGGI Rules

The New Jersey Assembly voted to override the Christie Administration on global warming 46-32, on a virtual party line vote, moving one step closer to stopping Gov. Christie’s attempts to remove New Jersey from the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a popular program designed to clean up pollution from fossil fuel power plants. The State Assembly will get another opportunity to reaffirm the vote in the new legislative session after a 30-day period where DEP can review the regulatory proposal. The legislation, ACR189, includes co-prime sponsors Asm. John McKeon (D-27) and Asm. Joe Lagana (D-38).

News Release | Environment America

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

Due to overwhelming public support, the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress - the Barrasso bill, the CRA measure, and now an attempted budget rider.  Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost.   

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Christmas Comes Early For South Jersey Gas: BPU Rubberstamps Pinelands Pipeline, Puts Fossil Fuel in the Stockings of the Public, Local Towns and Pinelands Commissioners

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities during their December board meeting voted to approve the petition to approve the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands National Reserve to repower B.L. England, a historic coal peaker plant, as a full-time natural gas plant. The decision to approve the pipeline by the BPU and repower the B.L. England will create the largest global warming polluter in South Jersey and circumvents the role of the Pinelands Commission.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off, New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast

New Jersey’s cities rank among national leaders on installed solar capacity, according to an Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center Shining Cities report.  Newark ranks 16th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed, the 8th per capita nationally for the amount of solar installed and the top city per capita in the New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions, with 78 watts of installed solar per person in the city.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!: After Bidding, Off-Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies

The Department of Interior completed its first ever auction of wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore this afternoon, awarding two wind energy areas representing 344,000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off-shore wind leasing to Res Americas and U.S. Wind Inc. The bidding resulted in 10 bids for the South Lease Area and 8 bids for the North Lease Area, and the final total sale price was nearly $2 million (U.S. Wind Inc. paid just more than $1 million for the North Lease Area, and Res Americas paid $880,000 for the South Lease Area).

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