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Monday, April 29: Transportation, Air Quality and Electric Vehicles
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Did You Know?  Electric vehicles are a vital part of the future of clean transportation, and they are
on the road now! With more than 40 electric sedans, SUVs, crossovers and minivans from every
major automaker in the market, more than 800,000 Americans have made the switch to electric
cars. In New Jersey, electric vehicle registrations have increased from about 500 in 2011 to more
than 23,000 today.

New Jersey’s growing network of public charging stations ensure that “range anxiety” won’t be an obstacle to Garden State electric vehicle (EV) drivers.  While most EV owners charge up at home,
New Jersey also boasts 736 publicly accessible charging outlets at 282 locations.  Roughly 95% of the state is within 25 miles of a DC Fast Charger, which can provide 60-80 miles of drivable range in 20 minutes of charging. 

Tailpipe emissions from cars and light trucks in New Jersey account for about 30% of the
hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that cause ground-level ozone or “smog.”  In addition,
more than 40% of NJ’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, mostly from on-road gasoline vehicles.  In fact, transportation is the largest source of climate-warming emissions in the state.  Electric vehicles are much cleaner than gasoline or diesel vehicles, even when you count emissions from the power
plants that generate electricity to powers EVs. 

Test Drive the Future to Experience EVs! Consider an electric vehicle when it’s time for your next vehicle lease or purchase. To learn more about the performance, availability and comfort of electric vehicles, as well as how to save money and reduce pollution, visit DEP’s Drive Green New Jersey website

Additional Resources
Drive Change. Drive Electric.  www.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locations – U.S. Department of Energy

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Tuesday, April 30: Clean Air Investments from the Volkswagen Settlement

Did You Know?  Volkswagen secretly installed emission defeat devices on 17,000 vehicles in New
Jersey (and nearly 600,000 nationwide), causing those vehicles to emit pollution far more than allowable levels.  This is considered tampering and is illegal.  As a result, Volkswagen was required to provide funding to the States for projects that can help reduce pollution from the transportation
sector.  New Jersey will receive $72.2 million for such projects.  In late February 2019, NJDEP announced that it had selected its first round of projects:  533 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the State and eight new electric, zero emitting, NJ TRANSIT buses that will operate in the City of Camden.  These projects will improve air quality, benefit disproportionately affected communities, and expedite deployment and widespread adoption of zero emission vehicles throughout the State.

Transportation is the largest source of ozone forming pollutants in New Jersey and contributes
nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the State. Vehicles emit “NOx,” which reacts with
other pollutants to create ozone. Ground level ozone, also called smog, is like sunburn in the lungs
and can cause permanent lung damage.  Greenhouse gases contribute to global warming which
causes more floods, droughts, or intense storms, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves.
The planet's oceans and glaciers have also experienced big changes – oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising.

Action:  Take these actions to help reduce motor vehicle emissions:

  • Do not ask your mechanic to remove or change emission control features on your car or
  • truck to improve performance or create “puffs of black smoke. It is illegal under state and federal law to tamper with the emissions system of any vehicle, diesel or gasoline fueled. Tampering causes excess pollution and may cause damage to other emissions control devices on your vehicle. It is also illegal to sell, or offer to sell, vehicles that have been tampered.
  • Consider an electric vehicle when it’s time for your next vehicle lease or purchase.
  • Make sure your car is well maintained.

Additional Resources
For more information about the Volkswagen settlement and the DEP’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, visit

To learn more about the performance, availability and comfort of electric vehicles, as well as how to save money and reduce pollution, visit

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Wednesday, May 1: Clean and Renewalable Energy in New Jersey

Did You Know?  New Jersey has one of the most ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the
country by requiring that 35% of the energy sold in the state comes from qualifying energy sources by 2025
and 50% by 2030. Achieving this goal will require significant increases of new, clean, in-state generation from sources like solar, etc. Promoting a diverse portfolio of energy sources will lessen dependence on fossil fuels, reduce emissions and combat climate change.

Solar - New Jersey has installed more than 2.77 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from nearly 107,000 individual installations. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), New Jersey is
ranked 6th in the United States for total installed solar PV capacity.  New Jersey is ranked 1st on a total
installed solar PV capacity per square mile basis. The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has recently launched a Community Solar Pilot Program which will enable utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Learn more about solar in New Jersey at 

New Jersey In State Electricity Generation by Fuel

Other includes non-biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, hydrogen, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuel, and other miscellaneous energy sources. 
Natural gas includes Other Gas, such as blast furnace gas and other manufactured and waste gases derived from fossil fuels. 
Petroleum includes Petroleum Liquids and Petroleum Coke. Petroleum Liquids includes distillate and residual fuel oils, jet fuel, kerosene, waste oil, and beginning in 2011, propane. Petroleum Coke includes petroleum coke-derived synthesis gas. 
Coal includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, and waste coal; synthetic coal and refined coal; and beginning in 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas. 
Renewable Sources include wood, black liquor, other wood waste, biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agriculture byproducts, other biomass,
geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, and wind. 
Small-scale solar PV installations is defined by EIA as having a capacity of less than 1 megawatt.

Act to lessen dependence on fossil fuels, reduce emissions and combat climate change in New Jersey.

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Thursday, May 2: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

What is RGGI?  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a market-based program designed
to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from fossil fuel power plants in participating states. Nine states currently participate in RGGI with New Jersey and Virginia planning to enter their first auction in 2020. Collectively, the RGGI states establish an annual regional limit (cap) on CO2
emissions from their combined electric power sector. The fossil fuel power plants in each state participate in auctions to buy allowances for their annual CO2 emissions (1 allowance = 1 ton of CO2).






How Does it Work?

How Will RGGI Drive Down Emissions?

The RGGI CO2 cap is currently required to decline by 30 percent from 2020 to 2030. The mandatory reduction of the overall cap will shift the state's power sector towards clean and renewable energy sources thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Power plants can avoid buying allowances by
reducing their emissions by installing controls or transitioning to renewable energy resources.

Additionally, the funds from the RGGI auction will be invested in strategic programs to help further reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas pollution that are already causing climate impacts in New
Jersey, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities. Program investments will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct energy bill assistance and other strategies to advance
New Jersey's clean energy economy and create local green jobs.

Learn more about RGGI at:

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Friday, May 3: Community Corner – “What’s in my neighborhood”

Did You Know?  There are 20,000+ permitted facilities in the state of New Jersey, of which 250 or
so are major emitters.  It is not unreasonable for someone to ask, “What is allowed to be emitted
in my neighborhood?” or “Is that facility meeting its environmental responsibilities?” The DEP has databases that can help answer these questions but may seem too hard to access or mine to get
the answers.

The Division of Air Quality is pleased to announce that it has created an interactive map for the
public to better understand and obtain information about the regulated entities in their neighborhood.  The easy to use, GIS-based mapping application allows the public to access a
facility’s air permits, reported air emissions and air enforcement records just by clicking on a
chosen facility located on their community in the map. Users of the web site application can also isolate a radius of up to 5 miles, sort the data and generate reports for any part of New Jersey.  The site was designed for easy navigation with minimal clicks and simple to understand guidance.

Air permits and applications that are available electronically will be made accessible for review,
along with emission statements for large facilities, and access to enforcement actions taken at a
given location.  The permits and emission statements have information on criteria air pollutants,
such as ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and
particulate matter (PM)], some air toxics and some greenhouse gases. Exposure to these air
pollutants at certain levels can have adverse human health impacts including respiratory
diseases, cardiovascular diseases and premature death, as well as adverse environmental impacts.

As members of the community, you have the right to understand what is being permitted, what is being released and what actions the Department has undertaken to address challenging air related issues.

So, be Informed and take control of concerns regarding the air quality in your neighborhood.

  • Use DEP’s mapping application to know the facilities in your neighborhood, their emissions and how DEP controls their emissions. 

For more information, visit the Division of Air Quality's Bureau of Stationary Sources webpage at

For all of New Jersey’s air quality facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to



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