Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth in New Jersey
A new report from Oil Change International debunks the myth that natural gas can be a bridge to a clean, affordable energy future. In New Jersey, it is clear that the state cannot reach its goal of 100% clean energy without reducing — and then eliminating — gas by 2050.
- Currently, most natural gas use in New Jersey is for heating space and water in building systems (53%), followed by gas-fired electric generation (39%). In order to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, New Jersey must reduce consumption of gas, not increase it.
- To meet the clean energy goals of PJM states, clean electricity will expand to support new uses such as powering transportation and for use in buildings to heat and cool space and water.
- The PJM grid is the largest in the U.S., reaching from Illinois to North Carolina. By collaborating with other states, New Jersey can help drive the transformation of the regional electric grid to 100% clean energy.