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Summary of New Jersey's proposed renewable energy regulation

THE ISSUE: On Wednesday, the Board of Public Utilities will vote on a proposal that would mandate that 20 percent of energy available in the state come from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar by 2020.

THE GOAL: The idea is to reduce pollution that is often associated with traditional forms of energy such as coal and to make New Jersey less dependent on foreign energy.

COSTS: According to the BPU, residents would see their utility bills increase by about $20 a year by 2020, although officials pointed out that the price of nonrenewables such as natural gas and oil has been increasing.

THE WORRIES: The New Jersey Business and Industry Association is worried that renewable energy isn't as reliable as traditional sources and that it would make energy more expensive.

OTHER STATES: California requires that 20 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2017 but may meet that goal by 2010. Nevada is aiming for 20 percent by 2015, and Hawaii wants to hit 20 percent by 2020.

THE GOAL: The idea is to reduce pollution that is often associated with traditional forms of energy such as coal and to make New Jersey less dependent on foreign energy.
 
COSTS: According to the BPU, residents would see their utility bills increase by about $20 a year by 2020, although officials pointed out that the price of nonrenewables such as natural gas and oil has been increasing.
 
THE WORRIES: The New Jersey Business and Industry Association is worried that renewable energy isn't as reliable as traditional sources and that it would make energy more expensive.
 
OTHER STATES: California requires that 20 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2017 but may meet that goal by 2010. Nevada is aiming for 20 percent by 2015, and Hawaii wants to hit 20 percent by 2020.


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APR 11 2006
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