Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sierra Club backs creation of a NJ Solar Energy Commission


New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel discusses the state of solar energy development in the Garden State and explains why 

his group supports Senate Bill No. 2276, legislation that would establish a 25-member New Jersey Solar Energy Study Commission and modify the State’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards.

The bill currently is in place for a final legislative vote in the New Jersey Assembly following passage on June 27 in the Senate on a 24-12 vote and its release from the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee on October 6. 

The legislation directs the commission is to study all aspects of New Jersey’s solar energy generation industry, and make findings and recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on how the use of solar energy could be expanded in the State.

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Specifically, the commission is to study: (1) the need to modify or extend the State’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards; (2) utility interconnection processes and costs; and (3) the current solar renewable energy credit market. The commission must  issue a report to the Governor and Legislature, annually, for four years from the date of its organization. The commission would expire after submission of the final report. 

The bill also modifies the State’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards. 

Under current law, electric power suppliers and basic generation service providers must generate a certain percentage of their electricity from solar electric power generators. The current schedule provides for a graduated increase in the percentage of solar energy that is required to be generated each year, culminating in 4.01 2 percent by energy year 2027. 

This bill amends the schedule to require electric power suppliers and basic generation service providers to generate a greater percentage of solar energy each year, culminating in 4.1 percent by energy year 2021 and thereafter. 

The bill eliminates increased solar energy requirements for energy years 2022 through 2027. Further, the commission is to study and make recommendations concerning any modifications or extensions to New Jersey’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards through at least energy year 2031. 

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