News Release | Environment New Jersey

Time For Turbines 4, Jan. 26 & 27

Time for Turbines is an annual conference that brings together policymakers, labor and environmental advocates and wind energy professionals to discuss current issues and opportunities in New Jersey’s rapidly expanding offshore wind industry. This year's virtual conference -- on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 -- will focus on workforce development and equity in the offshore wind industry, with an emphasis on identifying access barriers to jobs in this field and offering policy solutions. We’ll hear from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority about the launch of the cutting-edge Wind Institute, which will coordinate R&D and workforce development specifically for offshore wind. It’s been a big year for offshore wind, so we’ll also hear the latest information on the NJ Wind Port, the state’s progress toward 7500 megawatts by 2035 and commitments made to ensure that this new industry benefits local NJ communities and powers clean, renewable energy. You can register for the event at www.timeforturbines.org. 

News Release | Environment New Jersey

RGGI Delivers: NJEDA Awards $12 Million To A Diesel Truck Voucher Program In First Step To Electrify Trucks on NJ Roads

Trenton - The NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will use approximately $15.75 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceedings to fund a medium-duty zero-emission truck voucher program. This program will incentivize commercial and industrial entities to purchase medium-duty electric vehicles with vouchers of up to 100% of the incremental cost of the vehicles. NJEDA specified that this program is only a pilot, and is currently limited to vehicle classes 2b-6, with a specific focus on vehicles operating within overburdened communities, specifically the greater Newark and greater Camden areas.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Introduction of Roadless Area Conservation Act is a key step to safeguarding America’s wild spaces

 Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Diana DeGette of Colorado introduced the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2021 Tuesday with 15 Senate cosponsors and 60 House co-sponsors. This new act would reinforce the 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted as a federal regulation by the Clinton administration 20 years ago today.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Senate Passes Bill to Significantly Boost Installation of EV Charging Infrastructure

The State Senate passed a bill (S3223) by a vote of 32-0 that will make the permitting process for municipalities looking to build electric vehicle charging stations significantly easier and faster. The bill, sponsored by Senators Smith and Bateman, is a big step forward in New Jersey’s efforts to build out a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJ Assembly Appropriations Committee Passes Legislation To Restrict Neonics Pesticide Linked to Bee Die-Off

The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee passed legislation (A2070) by a 8-3 vote this morning to classify neonicotinoids, commonly known as neonics, as restricted use pesticides through a recurring review process. New Jersey is a step closer to joining other states, such as Maryland, Connecticut and Vermont, that have implemented similar restrictions on neonics. The restriction would limit application of the pesticide to select applications, eliminating widespread use in non-agricultural settings such as gardens, lawns and golf courses. 

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