NJ DEEMED IN GOOD SHAPE TO IMPLEMENT ADMINISTRATION’S CLEAN-POWER PLAN
New Jersey may have an easier time than other states complying with mandates to curb emissions contributing to global climate change, according to an analysis by the operator of the nation’s largest electric grid.
The analysis by PJM Interconnection, first completed in March and updated last week, bases that projection largely on how electricity is made for consumption here: not much coal-fired generation and a heavy reliance on power produced by nuclear and natural-gas plants.
Those findings essentially reflect earlier studies and projections done by the Christie administration and the Rutgers Climate Institute, which found that the state is on track to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. A law adopted during the Corzine administration aims to reduce such emissions by 80 percent from 2006 levels by 2050, a target that will be much harder to achieve.