Senate committee approves bill committing NJ to being fossil-free by 2050

May 17, 2019

This month, the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously approved a bill that “requires all electricity in New Jersey by 2050 to come from carbon-free sources, presumably renewable energy and nuclear power.” Currently, natural gas supplies roughly 40% of the state’s electricity and heats about two-thirds of NJ homes. The bill’s proposed shift away from natural gas is intended to further the state’s clean energy goals and move towards reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Although environmentalists applaud the goal of the bill, they are critical of the absence of specific benchmarks for phasing out fossil fuels.


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