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NJ Senate panel advances bill requiring 80% renewable energy

New Jersey is looking to become the renewable energy leader in the Northeast with a goal of 80% renewables by 2050.  With many states pushing for more and more renewable energy options and those renewable options becoming cheaper and cheaper, now is a good time to begin exploring long-term renewable energy options.

The New Jersey State House

Eighty percent of all electricity sold in New Jersey would have to come from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power if a bill that cleared a Senate committee Monday becomes law.

The measure mandates that starting with 11 percent by 2017, the percentage of renewable energy increases 10 percent every five years until it reaches 80 percent, a schedule the bill’s sponsor Sen. Bob Smith called “pretty aggressive” but not when compared to what other states are doing.

“New Jersey needs to be a leader in renewable energy because we are so impacted by global climate,” Smith, D-Middlesex, said shortly after the Senate Environment and Energy Committee he chairs voted unanimously to refer the bill for a vote by the full Senate.

“The truth is that renewables are becoming cheaper and cheaper,” Smith added. “It’s good public policy. It’s good for the rate payers. It’s good for our health and it helps reduce global climate change.”

Read the rest at NorthJersey.com

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