Sending a strong message to state policymakers, a new survey of the state’s registered voters conducted by The Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll for ReThink Energy NJ found that 66 percent do not consider natural gas to be clean energy, an astounding 23-point increase since 2016, and that three of every four want New Jersey to achieve a goal of 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2050.
“As the Murphy Administration develops a new Energy Master Plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy, it is clear that most New Jersey voters do not think natural gas is clean and want the state to move to renewable energy like wind and solar,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
Read the entire news release here.
Photo: Tom Gilbert
ALSO IN THE NEWS: CITIES ANNOUNCING 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS
Clean energy in St. Louis, Fox2 Now
While a 100% clean energy goal is ambitious for any city, it is perhaps even more so in a longtime coal industry capital like St. Louis—home to two of the country’s largest coal companies.
- Cleveland Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2050, Idea Stream
According to the Sierra Club, Cleveland is the first city in Ohio to commit to this goal. 82 other cities nationwide have already made a similar pledge.
- Boise’s city government aims to power all facilities and operations electricity with 100 percent clean or renewable energy by the year 2030. KIVI TV
100% Commitments in Cities, Counties, & States, Sierra Club
BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
- Clothing giant PVH joins RE100 and targets 100% renewable electricity by 2030, RE100 News Release. Apparel industry giant PVH Corp. – owner of brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Speedo – has joined RE100, committing to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030 with an interim target of 50% by 2025. RE100 is a global corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.
- Tesla Gigafactory 1 new drone flyover shows latest massive solar array progress, Electrek
Tesla is currently building the world’s largest rooftop solar array at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. “GF1 is an all-electric factory with no fossil fuels (natural gas or petroleum) directly consumed. We will be using 100% sustainable energy through a combination of a 70 MW solar rooftop array and solar ground installations.”
- Facebook to invest $750M to expand data center in Oregon, 4KPIC, Roseburg Oregon
Company statement: “This summer, we were thrilled to announce that our first five buildings will be supported by 100% solar energy.”
FAITH GROUP MAKING THE COMMITMENT
Adrian Dominican Sisters Commit To Michigan Renewable Energy, North American Windpower
A Michigan-based religious order that represents 600 Dominican sisters has committed to matching its electricity use with 100% renewable sources. Specifically, the Adrian Dominican Sisters are taking part in Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program, which matches electricity use with clean energy that is generated in Michigan. Nearly 20,000 homes and businesses participate in Green Generation, supporting renewable energy in Michigan.