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Passage of Clean, Renewable Energy Standard Returns New Jersey to Clean Energy Leadership

Statement from Environment New Jersey Director Doug O’Malley on the New Jersey Legislature’s passage yesterday of the clean, renewable energy and nuclear subsidy bills.

“By mapping and mandating a path to getting half of our power from clean, renewable energy sources by 2030, New Jersey is reclaiming the mantle of renewable energy leadership. As New Jerseyans continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy and watch the rising sea levels on our coastline, it’s as clear here as anywhere that we need to dramatically reduce climate pollution from dirty energy sources and set our sights on a future of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

“On the down side, the nuclear subsidy legislation is wrongheaded.  Committing $300 million a year for unlimited years to this aging, radioactive technology makes no sense.  If we were to commit those same resources to pursuing a future powered by clean renewable energy, our kids would see that we’re serious about leaving them a world worth living in.  We should be actively planning for the retirement of New Jersey’s nukes as we ramp up energy efficiency, offshore wind, solar power and energy storage technology.”