- 2009 Estimated Qualified Renewable Generation: 1.53%[i]
- 2009 Renewable Mandate: 6.5%
- 2021 Renewable Mandate: 22.5%
Eligible Resources: Class I: solar, wind, wave or tidal, geothermal, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion, fuel cells using renewable fuels, and certain forms of biomass (requires Dept. of Environmental Protection approval).[ii] Class II: hydropower facilities 30 MW or less and resource-recovery facilities approved by DEP and located in NJ[iii]. An additional solar carve-out mandate exists on top of this two-class structure[iv].
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Renewable Portfolio History: Original RPS adopted in 1999 with a target of 4% Class I and 2.5% Class II by 2012;amended in 2004 requiring targets to be met by May 2008 and specifying that 0.16% of sales come from solar. Board of Public Utilities revised RPS again in April 2006 increasing required percentages of Class I, Class II, and solar to a total of 22.5% (2.12% solar) by May 2021[vi].Board of Public Utilities required to freeze the solar carve-out requirement if determined that its cost will exceed 2% of total retail price of electricity that year (annual increases remain in effect despite a freeze)[vii].
Credit Trading: Yes
Noncompliance penalty: The alternative compliance payment is $50 per MWh[viii] with a separate solar alternative compliance payment for the solar carve out of $711 per MWh in 2009 declining to $594 per year MWh in 2016.[ix]
Electricity Price Ranking: 7th Highest[x]
- 14.37 cents/KWh in New Jersey
- 7.67 cents/KWh in non-mandated states
[i] N.J. Admin. C. 14:8-2.3 (Sept. 1, 2001), http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NJ05Rb.htm
[ii] N.J. Admin. C. 14:8-2.5 (Sept. 1, 2001), http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NJ05Rb.htm
[iii] N.J. Admin. C. 14:8-2.6 (Sept. 1, 2001), http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/Incentives/NJ05Rb.htm
[iv] N.J. A.B. 3520 (Jan. 17, 2010), http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/289_.PDF
[v] N.J. A.B. 3520 (Jan. 17, 2010), http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/289_.PDF
[vi] Database of state Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, New Jersey, http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NJ05R&re=1&ee=1
[vii] N.J. A.B. 3520 (Jan. 17, 2010), http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/289_.PDF
[viii] New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Clean Energy Order Docket No. EX03080616, http://www.njcleanenergy.com/files/file/1A_ACP_order.pdf.
[ix] New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Approves Solar REC-Based Financing Program, http://www.njcleanenergy.com/files/file/SOLARTransitionFAQs121707%20fnl2%282%29.pdf.
[x] EIA, Electric Power Monthly, Table 5.6.B., Average Retail Price of Electricity, June 2010, Released Sept. 15, 2010, http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_b.html