Newsletter: Move to 80% Renewables Advances, Rally for the Pinelands & More

Posted March 9, 2016

A look at the latest news, facts and figures on fossil fuels, pipelines, renewable energy, energy efficiency and progress on stopping the PennEast pipeline. 

In the News

Bill Advances Requiring 80% Renewable Energy

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N.J. Senate Panel Advances Bill Requiring 80% Renewable Energy 
– Northjersey.com – John C. Ensslin

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. Read more.

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Get Involved

Rally for the Pinelands – March 14, 2016

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: State Capital, Trenton, New Jersey

A coalition of environmental organizations, residents impacted by natural gas pipeline projects, activists, and concerned citizens are organizing a march down State Street in Trenton to demand that our state legislators and state agencies start enforcing and strengthening Pinelands regulations.

Join us on March 14 in Trenton, New Jersey for this march and rally. Following the rally you will be able to find your representatives and deliver a personal message. Carpooling will be coordinated.

Sponsored by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch NJ, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Audubon Society, and Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association.


NJ Pipeline News

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In Other Pipeline News

Pipeline Protestors

WATCH: Gas Pipeline Protestors Hang Banners on Turnpike Bridge During March
-NJ.com – Michael Mancuso

More than 100 people turned out on Saturday for a rally and march to oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline and a related compressor station in Northern Burlington County. Read more.

By the Numbers

When you look at the numbers, it’s easy to see New Jerseyans support more renewables!

  • 93%
    Believe “investing in clean/renewable energy is important to the health of the State.”
    -So say
    99% of Democrats , 93% of Independents, 87% of Republicans 
  • 79%
    Say New Jersey should invest more in clean energy
    17% support more fossil fuels and additional pipelines 
  • 80%
    Would favor or strongly favor raising our clean energy goal to 30% by 2020
    -So say
    68% of Republicans, 75% of Independents, 93% of Democrats
  • 78%
    Favor or strongly favor an 80% goal by 2050
    -So say 
    89% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans, 71% Independents.

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