New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine joined a coalition of European countries, U.S. states, Canadian provinces, New Zealand and Norway in Lisbon, Portugal at the recent announcement of the formation of the International Carbon Action Partnership to fight global warming.  Read the Governor's remarks.
New Jersey Mandates Greenhouse Gas Reductions
New Jersey became only the third state in the nation to mandate greenhouse gas reduction when the Governor signed legislation adopting proactive and ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The Global Warming Response Act calls for the State to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a reduction of approximately 20 percent, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050. The State is developing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and creating a system for monitoring current greenhouse gas levels. 
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Managing New Jersey's Energy Wisely
By adjusting building control systems to reduce lighting and motor operation during off-hours at State offices in Trenton, the Office of Energy Savings expects to reduce energy consumption by more than 3.5 million kilowatt hours a year and generate a cost-reduction benefit of $385,000. Reducing electricity use reduces emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.This effort is a positive contribution to protecting the environment, the equivalent of planting 441 acres of trees or removing 328 cars from the road.
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Opportunity to Support Renewable Energy
In April of 2006, the Board of Public Utilities announced the launch of the Clean Power Choice program which provides an opportunity for state residents to elect to use renewable energy. Find out more.
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Leading Nation in Renewable Energy Mandates
On April 12, 2006, the NJBPU approved new regulations which expand the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by extending the existing goals out to 2020 and increasing the required amount of renewable energy and solar energy. Under the newly adopted regulations, 20 percent of New Jersey’s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020. The new regulations include a mandate that 2-percent of that renewable energy be generated from solar sources which is the nation’s largest solar commitment relative to population and electricity consumption.
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Working with Other States to Reduce GHG Emissions
The Corzine Administration has taken a leadership role in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 10-state cooperative effort to implement a regional mandatory cap and trade program in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic to address carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The first mandatory market-based program to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S., the program will cap regional power plant carbon dioxide emissions at approximately current levels from 2009 through 2014 and reduce emissions 10 percent by 2019.
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Smart Purchase of Energy
Via an online reverse auction, the Office of Energy Savings secured $2 million in net cost savings, which will be realized over the next three years from the new State energy supply contracts.

The savings will be achieved through lower bulk electricity rates, as compared to current rates, and applied to participants in the New Jersey Consolidated Energy Procurement Program (NJCEPP) – a consortium of 16 State entities, including various departments, colleges, authorities and instrumentalities. Read more.
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Computer Modeling Assumptions for Energy Master Plan Posted
Read assumptions and comments.

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