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  • Tue January 21, 2014, 3:51 pm
    Site Remediation Extension of Time Bill Gives 2 Additional Years for Completion of Remedial Investigation of Contaminated Sites Two Year of Extension of May 7, 2014 Deadline For Completion of Remedial Investigation of Contaminated Sites For thos...
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  • Mon November 4, 2013, 7:14 pm
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  • Sun September 29, 2013, 4:12 pm
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  • Thu May 23, 2013, 10:28 am
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  • Tue April 30, 2013, 8:02 pm
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  • Mon March 25, 2013, 7:14 pm
    Hydraulic Fracturing Update New York Home Rule Power To Curb Fracking Upheld In Lenape v. Town of Avon et al., case number 1060-2012, in New York...
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  • Sun March 24, 2013, 11:39 am
    Creation of Hydraulic Fracturing Performance Standards Shell, Chevron, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Clean Air Task Force, Consol Energy, the EQT Corporation, the Group ...
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  • Tue March 5, 2013, 7:42 pm
    Zoning Protections Lost For Hurricane Sandy Damaged Structures Deemed “Totally” Destroyed The Appellate Division yesterday made it more difficult for property owners trying to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. The...
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  • Fri March 1, 2013, 2:17 pm
    NJ Court Holds That Age Restricted Development May Be Marketed With No Age Restriction March 1 2013 - The Court, in Sharbell Building Company, LLC v. Planning Board of The Township of Robbinsville, held that...
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  • Tue February 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
    NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Requisite Nexus For Liability Under the Spill Act February 5 2013 - In NJ Department. of Environmental Protection v. Dimant, 212 N.J. 153 (2012), the New Jersey Supreme C...
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New Jersey Issues Final Energy Master Plan

After significant delays, New Jersey finally released the State’s 2011 Energy Master Plan. As expected, the plan provides a significant commitment to solar power, but also addresses this year’s dramatic drop in SREC prices. The plan didn’t over incentivize the solar industry, and expands on the energy conservation incentives for existing buildings which is important given that little new construction is scheduled in the state. The plan also marks the State’s continuing commitment to nuclear power.

The solar portion of the plan includes a temporary acceleration of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), the amount of energy from renewable sources that must be applied to New Jersey customers, allowing time for the industry to adjust to new lower prices. The overall goal of achieving 22.5% from renewable energy sources by 2021 will stay the same, but the goal of the new RPS requirement is to help alleviate the oversupply of SRECs, which in turn will stabilize the market and hopefully create demand for more projects. The plan also calls for reducing the Solar Alternative Compliance Payment (SACP) to minimize the impact on ratepayers.

Other items in the plan include: amending the Solar Advancement Act to change the RPS for solar energy from a fixed amount to a percentage of total energy consumed to promote the development of renewable resources; limiting SREC eligibility to projects that offer a "dual benefit" of reducing costs and providing revenue for job creation and tax reduction; and supporting an extension of the long-term contracting programs offered by electric distribution companies.

The plan also calls for promoting energy conservation, including: improving the energy efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings; incorporating higher energy efficiency requirements within the state building code; expanding education; implementing programs including revolving loans for energy efficiency; and monitoring other incentives.

The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC. can assist clients with these energy / renewable energy issues.  Please see contact information below. 

About The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC

The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC is a boutique law firm located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey committed to providing the highest quality of legal services in the select areas of real estate, land use and environmental law. The firm is committed to working collaboratively with clients to achieve practical, cost effective results- whether it be in complex litigation, transactions, cleanups and/or development projects. The firm provides transactional and litigation counsel to a broad spectrum of clients including private and public corporations, trade associations, nonprofit institutions, banks, real estate investment trusts and individuals in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC
1812 Front Street
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
TEL: 908.322.6121
FAX: 908.322.5701
Email:
chris@chopkinslaw.com

Website http://www.chopkinslaw.com

 



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