The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has issued a proposal that would reverse its policy of targeting energy-efficiency incentives to smart-growth areas, and is soliciting public comment.
Climate Change and Energy
New Jersey Future’s testimony at the Energy Master Plan hearing highlighted ways to encourage solar on rooftops, landfills and brownfields.
New Jersey Future released its comments on the Draft 2011 Energy Master Plan, with a mixed review on transportation, commitment to the green economy and solar siting.
Because of New Jersey’s small size, the effects of solar development on other land uses are more pressing than in other states. As solar development continues, the issue of whether a solar installation is the best use of a given parcel of land will become increasingly salient.
A week after New Jersey Future published an op-ed criticizing the state’s Energy Master Plan for ignoring transportation and land use, researchers at Yale have released a study showing broad public support land-use policies aimed at addressing climate change.
The governor intends to pull the plug on a worthy effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on imported oil. While most of our neighbors would receive millions of dollars from RGGI to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and state-of-the-art electric generation facilities, New Jersey would not.
With increased importance being placed on eating locally grown fresh food, more and more citizens and local governments are exploring small-scale farming, community food gardens and farmer’s markets.
image source: Strange Maps
Strange Maps today takes a look at a map illustrating what the Intermountain West would have looked like if the US government had heeded the recommendation of explorer John Wesley Powell that state boundaries in the country’s arid region be drawn to coincide with drainage basins. (A larger version of the map [...]
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced yesterday that New Jersey is joining 10 other states and the District of Columbia to form the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), “a regional group that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through transportation improvements and efficiencies.”
Curtailing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation will be essential if New [...]
With the rise of solar power and other renewable sources of energy a new debate has emerged that raises a number of important questions about the highest and best use for land in the nation’s most developed state.