NJBPU Report: Existing Gas Capacity in NJ Can Meet Demand

New Jersey natural gas capacity
Posted December 16, 2021

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities released its final report analysis of natural gas capacity in New Jersey yesterday, finding that through 2030, existing gas capacity can easily meet demand under normal winter weather conditions, and in cases of colder-than-normal weather on a scale experienced in the past. Additionally, in cases of extreme weather (i.e., a winter day which could be expected to occur only once in 90 years), if New Jersey meets even half of its building electrification goals and/or has effective voluntary demand reduction with higher energy efficiency program targets, any shortfall risk disappears.

“The report confirms what we already knew: New Jersey has more than enough gas pipeline capacity to reliably meet peak demand over the next decade,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ. “There is no market need for new gas pipeline projects to increase capacity in the state, and going forward, demand for gas will only decline as we transition to clean energy.”

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