U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
New Jersey Increases its Renewable Energy Requirement
April 19, 2006
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved new
regulations on April 12th that will require the state's electric utilities
to draw on wind power, solar power, and sustainable biomass power for
20 percent of their electricity by 2020. Previously, the BPU required
utilities to draw on renewable energy sources for 4 percent of their
power supply by 2008. That older requirement had ratcheted up to
3.5 percent renewable energy this year, but starting in June,
utilities will have to meet an accelerated schedule geared toward the
2020 goal. The new regulations also require solar photovoltaic power
to provide 2 percent of the state's electricity needs by 2020,
requiring the installation of 1,500 megawatts of solar electric power.
On a per capita basis, that's the largest solar requirement in the
United States, cementing New Jersey's status as a solar power leader.
New Jersey is already one of the fastest growing solar markets in the
country, having grown from six solar power installations in 2001 to
more than 1,200 installations today. See the
BPU press release.