Photo of the NJ energy plants
Under the Renewable Portfolio Standards established for New Jersey, 20 percent of the State's electricity demand must be produced from Class One renewable sources by 2020.
Energy touches the lives of every New Jersey resident -- every day. Our quality of life, our security, our prosperity, the land and water around us, and how we work and play all depend on energy. Electricity generated using primarily nuclear, coal, and natural gas is the life blood for light, equipment, video, appliances, our cell phones and more. Try to think of what you do each day that does not involve electricity! In the Garden State, natural gas heats homes and buildings and powers manufacturing. Oil refined into gasoline moves our cars, buses, and trucks, and it is a source of heat for many homes.

The State’s energy policy reflects the full scope of energy service delivery in New Jersey, both regulated and unregulated. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) regulates investor-owned utilities that provide energy services to many homes, schools and businesses, but in other cases energy, such as petroleum or propane, is obtained through competitive, unregulated markets.

New Jersey is just one state in the Mid-Atlantic region and its energy choices now and in the future impact the other states in the region and are impacted by the decisions in the other states.  This is especially true in the area of economic development with respect to price stability.