|Date:||Tuesday, November 12, 2013|
|Presented by:||Skylands Group|
|Leader:||Mr Greg Gorman - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Location:||Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1 West Nelson Street, Newton, NJ|
NJ FREE, is a renewable energy policy plan for New Jersey. A broad‐based coalition of organizations and individuals is committed to the transition of New Jersey’s energy economy from a fossil fuel‐based system to one based on renewable energy. NJ FREE believes New Jersey has arrived at a time of decision for its energy future. A number of the state's aging coal‐fired power plants are at high risk of retirement due to their inability to meet clean air requirements. Furthermore, the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant is slated to retire in 2019. There will be a need to develop policy decisions regarding what sources of energy will make up new electric generation capacity.
Since Superstorm Sandy, there is a new perception that the cost of global warming, rather than being something that will impact the distant future, is already costing residents of New Jersey dearly. The storm also highlighted the fragility of the state's electric grid. Renewable energy offers a highly distributed, onsite, uninterruptible source of energy.
NJ FREE believes New Jersey is poised to benefit economically from a renewable energy transition. New Jersey already has a substantial solar industry infrastructure with thousands of skilled workers and professionals ready to deploy. It also has an excellent offshore wind energy resource base.