New Jersey Energy Master Plan - Update
In 2015 New Jersey updated its Energy Master Plan (EMP) to include a section on resiliency. The update describes how New Jersey has advanced on the 2011 Plan’s Five Overarching Goals and Plan of Action, and provides new strategies and goals for the energy sector. This EMP Update has increased priority on improving the resiliency of energy infrastructure to respond to and recover from severe weather events.
The new resiliency section and EMP goal is to “Improve Energy Infrastructure Resiliency & Emergency Preparedness and Response.” The section describes the impacts to New Jersey’s energy infrastructure identified in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and reports on the ways the state is addressing those challenges.
The Resiliency goal includes the following action steps:
- Protect the State’s Critical Energy Infrastructure
Reduce the vulnerability of the State’s critical energy infrastructure by encouraging the assessment of current vulnerabilities to threats and promoting efforts to reduce those vulnerabilities and increase response and restoration times to damage to the State’s critical energy infrastructure.
- Improve EDC (Electric Distribution Company) Emergency Preparedness and Response
The State should encourage and promote greater emergency preparedness and response among its local and county governments to reduce the impact of future emergency events.
- Improve and Enhance the EDC Smart Grid and Distribution Automation Plans
BPU will require the four EDCs to submit updated plans for Smart Grid/Distribution Automation (SG/DA) that further detail the progress to date, future plans and the overall costs and benefits of SG/DA for reliability and resiliency.
- Increase the Use of Microgrid Technologies and Applications for Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
Increase the use of microgrid technologies and applications for DER to improve the grid’s resiliency and reliability in the event of a major storm.
- Create Long-Term Financing for Local Energy Resiliency Measures through an ERB and other Financing Mechanisms
Use the federal funds provided to New Jersey (for Sandy recovery) to improve and increase local energy resiliency through DER microgrid systems that can operate during and after an emergency and to make the local energy systems stronger than they were before the storm.
The majority of the EMP is focused on energy production, and considers climate mitigation goals. New Jersey is on-track to meet the Renewable Energy Portfolio standard goal set for 2020. The initial RPS goal requires each supplier/provider serving retail customers in the state to procure 20.38% of the electricity it sells in New Jersey from qualifying renewables by EY20211 (“energy year” 2021 runs from June 2020 – May 2021).
Publication Date: December 2015
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
- Plans (other)
1. U.S. Department of Energy - New Jersey Renewables Portfolio Standard review https://energy.gov/savings/renewables-portfolio-standard-0