“This plan represents my Administration’s commitment to changing the way we produce, distribute and use energy as part of a broader emphasis on renewable sources of energy and economic growth,” said Governor Chris Christie. “The EMP supports the development of new energy-related technologies such as fuel cells, off shore wind, and alternatively fueled vehicles while encouraging the developers, providers and support businesses related to these technologies, to locate here in New Jersey.”
Expanding electricity generation resources to improve reliability and to lower costs, consistent with protecting the environment and growing the economy. Renewable energy resources, distributed generation, and clean conventional generation projects can help New Jersey flourish while protecting the environment.
- Constructing new generation and improving Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection, LLC. (PJM ) rules and processes;
- Assessing the implications of lost nuclear capacity;
- Expanding Distributed Generation (DG) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP);
- Supporting behind-the-meter renewables;
- Promoting effective use of biomass and waste-to-energy; and
- Promoting the safe expansion of the interstate natural gas pipeline system.
New Jersey is committed to meeting the targets for renewable energy production which is an important part of the state’s long-term strategy.
- Building upon the Christie Administration’s commitment to solar energy for both economic and environmental benefits;
- Expanding implementation of commercial and industrial solar projects;
- Promoting the development of large solar generation projects on brownfield sites and landfills to offset the costs to cap or remediate these sites;
- Promoting development of solar to assist local governments reduce energy costs; and
- Maintaining support for offshore wind by codifying the statutory requirements of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA). This provides a framework for setting offshore wind renewable energy certificate (OREC) prices and for approving applications to facilitate the financing of offshore wind projects; and
- Saying no to new coal-fired generation in New Jersey.
New Jersey’s electric ratepayers pay the fourth-highest retail rates in the United States. Focusing on energy efficiency and conservation will help lower costs while promoting environmentally sound energy use at the same time. New Jersey’s array of energy efficiency and conservation programs and CHP programs are a cost-effective way to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
- Reducing peak demand and lowering capacity costs;
- Promoting energy efficiency and demand reduction in State buildings;
- Incorporating aggressive energy efficiency in building codes;
- Redesigning the delivery of State energy efficiency programs;
- Monitoring PJM’s Demand Response Initiatives;
- Improving natural gas energy efficiency; and
- Expanding energy conservation education and outreach to assist consumers in reducing usage.
- Support the Development of Innovative Energy Technologies. New Jersey has many options to develop new, clean, cost-effective sources of electricity, utilize fuels more efficiently, and decrease reliance on gasoline and diesel fuel as the primary transportation fuels. Not only will new energy technologies reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, but active support of innovative energy technologies will help create jobs and business development across the state.
- Improving transportation efficiency;
- Reducing carbon emissions and pollutants;
- Using fuel cell technology;
- Using energy storage technologies;
- Assessing smart grid demonstrations; and
- Considering Dynamic Pricing and Smart Metering.
This plan axims to develop and manage energy in a manner that saves money, stimulates the economy and creates high-quality renewable energy industry jobs.
- Supporting the development of new energy-related technologies such as fuel cells, offshore wind, and alternatively fueled vehicles;
- Reducing the cost of energy for all ratepayers (individuals and businesses);
- Encouraging energy efficiency at all levels (from homeowner to businesses and state government) thus reducing overall energy demand and helping to reduce costs; and
- Facilitating the development of new and innovative businesses that will provide and support the next generation of energy technologies and related businesses through the New Jersey Business Incubator Network.