The current population of the “Garden State,” New Jersey is approximately 9.24 million. In March 2020, state utilities used natural gas (51.3%), nuclear energy (42.9%), renewable energy (4.0%), and coal (1.8%) to generate electricity. Solar, biomass, and wind are New Jersey’s primary sources of renewable energy.
New Jersey’s use of nuclear energy contributes to state’s high electricity costs. In March 2020, the average cost of electricity in New Jersey was U.S. 16.1 ¢ per kWh, which is the 11th most expensive state in the United States. The average price of electricity in the United States is U.S. 13.1 ¢ per kWh.
Concerns over climate change have prompted New Jersey legislators to require utilities to accelerate the move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. New Jersey is one of thirty states that has an enforceable statewide renewable portfolio standard. The standard requires that 35% of the electricity sold in the state by 2025 to come from renewable sources and 50% by 2030.
New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy is an outspoken advocate for the development of offshore wind projects. The state has a goal of developing offshore wind farms which will have 7,500 MW capacity by 2035. Governor Murphy recently announced plans to develop an offshore wind port on an artificial island along the Delaware River.
The New Jersey Wind Port is being built to support numerous, utility scale wind farms which are currently under construction along the eastern seaboard. The port facility will accommodate manufacturers of components for offshore wind farms.
New Jersey’s goal is to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, through renewable energy, energy storage, transportation electrification, and grid modernization. The state has established new processes to streamline the permitting processes to build new renewables energy sites and has invested in infrastructure, like the wind port facility. Unlike many states, New Jersey has taken tangible steps to ensure the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, while delivering sustainable and cost-effective energy is achieved.
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