New Jersey reconfigures solar policy, sets storage target to meet 50% renewables pledge

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Image: PJM Interconnection.

New Jersey is the latest US state to set itself targets for the deployment of energy storage, with newly passed legislation calling for 600MW of the technology within three years.

A bill, S2314/A3723, passed last week as one of three sustainability and low carbon measures for the state going forward, calls on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board to analyse the costs and potential benefits of energy storage as well as making revisions for community solar, energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and solar renewable energy certificate programmes.

Local independent system operator PJM Interconnection is famed in the energy storage world as the first local transmission organisation in the US to favour clean, fast-acting batteries to provide frequency response in a competitive market. PJM has been instructed to conduct analysis with the Public Utilities’ Board.

Also in the bill was a provision to accelerate the state’s path to meeting renewable energy targets, solar in particular. Electric power suppliers and “basic generation service providers” should provide a greater portion of their energy from solar each year, up to 5.1% by 2021 and gradually easing off to 2033.

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