Global climate change remains one of the pre-eminent challenges of our time
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that we must limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030 in order to avoid the most drastic impacts of climate change.
New Jersey already is a national leader when it comes to generating carbon-free electricity, thanks in part to its nuclear plants, which provide nearly 40% of New Jersey’s energy supply.
To reach our carbon-free future and address global warming, we need an all-of-the-above approach that calls for us to use less energy (energy efficiency), use renewable and carbon-free resources like wind, solar and nuclear, and decarbonize and electrify the economy, starting with transportation.
New Jersey has ambitious targets for offshore wind, achieving 7,500 megawatts by 2035. This goal will deliver clean, renewable energy generation needed to meet the state’s goals of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2050.
The backbone of New Jersey’s carbon-free energy supply continues to be nuclear energy, currently delivering more than 90% of all of the state’s carbon-free energy. The state’s nuclear plants help avoid 14 million tons of carbon emissions every year. And in an analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – its electricity generation least cost scenario to 2050 – nuclear energy continues to operate to 2050.
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