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Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin Issues Statement on Legislative Hearings on 2011 Draft Energy Master Plan

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin Issues Statement on Legislative Hearings on 2011 Draft Energy Master Plan

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Martin makes clear that Christie Administration has a strong record of promoting clean energy development without reducing New Jersey’s aggressive and realistic renewable energy portfolio standard of 22.5%.
Martin makes clear that Christie Administration has a strong record of promoting clean energy development without reducing New Jersey’s aggressive and realistic renewable energy portfolio standard of 22.5%.

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Published by: Governor Chris Christie on Sep 19, 2011
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Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin Issues Statement onLegislative Hearings on 2011 Draft Energy Master Plan
Martin makes clear that Christie Administration has a strong record of promoting clean energy development withoutreducing New Jersey’s aggressive and realistic renewable energy portfolio standard of 22.5%.
Trenton, NJ – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued the following statementconcerning legislative hearings and misinformation surrounding the Christie Administration’s 2011 Draft Energy Master Plan:
“Energy as industry is critical to our state’s environmental and economic future. Governor Christie has aggressivelypromoted the development of renewable energy sources and provided the leadership necessary to move New Jerseyforward into a greener, more economically prosperous energy future. The Christie Administration’s Draft Energy Master Plan charts a course to achieve substantial and realistic goals, not Corzine-era platitudes that contain no substance. TheGovernor’s plan maintains the 7
th
most aggressive renewable energy portfolio standard in the nation at 22.5 percent. Drivingcleaner, in-state energy production from home grown sources such as offshore wind and solar, the Governor’senvironmental and clean energy agenda is a true testament to our state’s role as a national leader, promoting sound andenvironmentally responsible policy to meet our state's energy needs, to protect our air, water land and natural resources,and to advance a competitive and affordable climate for New Jersey families and businesses.”
New Jersey Renewable Energy By the Numbers
“The future for New Jersey is in green energy and already we’ve put in place policies to broaden our access torenewable sources of energy, cleaner natural gas generation and ending our reliance on coal generation.” – Governor Chris Christie, 5/26/11
 
According to the Department of Energy, New Jersey has the 7
th
highest Renewable Energy PortfolioStandard in the nation at 22.5%.
 
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, New Jersey is 2
nd
in the nation only to California for installed solar capacity.
 
 
For the first quarter of 2011, New Jersey installed 42 MW of solar, representing 49% growth over firstquarter 2010.
 
 
From June through August, more than 70 MW additional capacity were installed;
 
 
As of August 31, NJ has 11,245 solar energy array projects installed across the state providing over 430MW of installed capacity.
Wind Achievements:
 
Began transformation of Paulsboro Port, turning a Brownfield site into a revitalized economic enginewhich is expected to generate more than 2,000 jobs and $12 million a year in tax revenues. Among other uses, the port will accommodate the special ships required for offshore windmills, and the wind turbinesplanned for installation off the coast of Atlantic City will be assembled there.
 
Accelerated development of offshore wind projects through close coordination with the federalgovernment to speed implementation of 1,000 MW of wind turbines;
 
Conducted a Board of Public Utilities application process for prospective developers of offshore windprojects to be located in New Jersey waters;
 
Joined with the federal government and fellow East Coast states to establish the Offshore WindConsortium to promote commercial wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf of the East Coast;
 
Provided "areas of interest" to the US Department of the Interior, enabling the subsequent federal "Callfor Nominations" for wind project leases off the Jersey coast, which garnered 11 project proposals

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