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NJ Gov. to Announce Carbon Neutral by 2050 Plan (Ind. Report)
Carbon Neutral
Date: 2020-01-22
In the Garden State, in his 14 Jan. State of-the-State address Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced he would soon unveil New Jersey's new Energy Master Plan -- a comprehensive roadmap for a 100-pct clean-energy, carbon neutral economy by 2050. (Source: Rutgers Univ., Daily Targum, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  

Rutgers Engineering Hall Rated USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
Rutgers University,USGBC
Date: 2019-12-23
In the Garden State, Piscataway-based Rutgers University reports its 106,000 sq-ft Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering -- Busch campus, was recently awarded LEED™ Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Richard Weeks Hall energy efficiency features include: energy cost savings of 29 pct through solar orientation and superior envelop design; mechanical systems include active chilled beams; ventilation with 100 pct outdoor air with energy recovery; occupancy controled LED lighting; a 38 pct reduction of potable water use; diversion of 97 pct of construction waste from landfills, and other energy efficiency and sustainability features. (Source: Rutgers University, School Construction News, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rutgers University,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

Rutgers Awarded $1.3Mn for Offshore Wind Turbine Research (Funding)
Rutgers University
Date: 2019-10-11
In the Garden State, New Brunswick-based Rutgers University reports Professor Onur Bilgen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently awarded a U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), $1,356,872 grant for wind turbine research.

The ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program focuses on three areas critical to the successful development of radically new floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) -- new designs, new computer tools, and experiments that collect data to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

Bilgen and his team plans to use their software to design a FOWT that generates more electricity while using fewer materials to manufacture and reducing turbine maintenance and operational costs. (Source: Rutgers University, PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rutgers University, Professor Onur Bilgen, 848-445-5869,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Rutgers,  

Rutgers, Duke Farms Partner on NJ Carbon Sink Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-06-17
In the Garden State, Rutgers University and Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township report they are collaborating on a study to develop 2,700 acres as an experimental carbon sink to absorb and store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher levels of carbon dioxide are a factor in global warming and climate change.

The Rutgers University researchers, from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, will conduct monitoring and research at the largely wooded Duke Farms over five years. The study will begin by compiling baseline data on the presence of carbon in various land types and land management protocols. The Rutgers scientists will then create strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in soil and vegetation. The study will also determine the greenhouse gas emissions supporting the Duke Farms operations compared to the carbon stored on the property. (Source: Rutgers, Bridgewater Courier, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Rutgers Climate Institute, Marjorie Kaplan, Assoc. Dir., (848) 932-5739,; Duke Farms, Michael Catania, Exec. Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  

NJBPU OKs Rutgers Energy Storage Analysis Contract (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports its approval of a 6-month, $300,000 contract under which Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, will perform an analysis of the state's energy storage needs and opportunities.

The analysis is intended to help the state meet the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018. To that end, the report will summarize the analysis and discuss and quantify the potential benefits and costs associated with increasing energy storage and distributed energy resources in New Jersey. It will also recommend ways to increase opportunities for energy storage and distributed energy resources in the state. Additionally, the analysis will assess whether the implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in New Jersey as well as the potential impact on renewable energy production.

The 2018 Clean Energy Act calls for 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. (Source: NJBPU, Energy Insider, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres.,; Rutgers University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

NJ Climate Initiative calls for Lower Transportation Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance
Date: 2018-08-06
On July 24th, RPA and the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance -- facilitated by the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Rutgers Bloustein School) -- hosted more than 150 New Jersey region business, civic, community and governmental leaders focused on strategies for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

Transportation accounts for around half of all carbon emissions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, yet these emissions are not regulated like those from our power plants, which are managed as part of RGGI. The meeting called for the regulation of greenhouse gases from all economic sectors, including transportation.

Ideas the emerged from the meeting included: a "cap-and-invest" approach that puts a price on transportation emissions and invests revenue back into communities and transportation infrastructure; congestion pricing for zones for different classes of vehicles; and greening school bus fleets, among others, all of which will be reported to the relevant government agencies and executives for consideration. (Source: Regional Plan Association, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: RPA, Robert Freudenberg, Energy & Environmental Program Mgr, (212) 253-2727,; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,  

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