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April 07, 2004

New Jersey Doubles Its Requirements for Renewable Energy

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced in mid-March that it has adopted new rules that require electricity suppliers to draw on renewable energy for 4 percent of the electricity they sell by 2008. The new rules double the amount of renewable energy that was originally required by the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was adopted in 1999. Electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal energy count towards the requirement, as well as power produced from renewable biomass and landfill gas. The rules follow recommendations issued last year by a Renewable Energy Task Force, which was created by Governor James McGreevey. See the New Jersey BPU press release and the Renewable Energy Task Force announcement.

The Solar Energy Industries Assocation (SEIA) lauded the new rules for requiring a total of 90 megawatts of solar power in the state by 2008. SEIA claims that the new requirement could allow it to overtake California as the nation's leading solar energy market. See the SEIA press release.