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Committee Approves Bateman Bill to Increase Use of Renewable Energy, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would make significant changes to existing law concerning Class I renewable energy portfolio standards to provide a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation would lead to the increased use of renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-1707, sets ambitious targets aimed at achieving the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, enacted in July 2007 to adopt statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

“New Jersey adopted one of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards in 2011, making us a leader in clean energy nationwide and helping foster a significant solar energy industry in the state,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Our legislation will help accelerate the implementation of Class I energy sources, which we should all embrace as a vital effort to make New Jersey a cleaner and greener place to be.”

Specifically, the 2007 law mandated the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 percent reduction, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.

S-1707 aims to gradually increase the use of renewable energy resources to 80 percent by 2050 as one means to effectively reduce carbon emissions to meet the goals of the Global Warming Response Act.

The bill requires an increase in the percentage of electricity sold in New Jersey from Class I renewable energy to 11 percent beginning with Energy Year (EY) 2015, followed by a 10 percent increase by EY 2020, and increases in increments of 10 percent every five years thereafter until 80 percent of the electricity sold in the State is from Class I renewable energy by 2050. Class I renewable energy includes electricity derived from solar energy, wind energy, wave or tidal action, geothermal energy, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion, fuel cells using renewable fuels.

The bill was now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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