Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge
The most recent iteration of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP) includes provisions that could boost the development of microgrids in the state.
The draft plan also calls for a microgrid feasibility study to determine if microgrid projects should be expanded.
On June 10, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released the 2019 draft EMP. As directed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 28, the plan calls for the conversion of the state’s energy profile to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Currently, New Jersey derives about 5% of its energy from renewable sources, with the rest coming from natural gas and nuclear power.
To reach the governor’s goal, the draft plan proposes seven major “strategies,” including switching to electric cars and charging stations, fast-track support for the development of offshore wind and for solar power resources, converting to electrically heated homes and businesses, maximizing energy efficiency, growing the state’s clean energy innovation economy, providing support for community energy planning for low and moderate income communities, and grid modernization.