New Jersey is at the forefront of renewable energy. It has an energy master plan that seeks to generate 30% of its electricity needs from renewable energy and it requires that we generate 1000 megawatts of onshore wind energy, 3000 megawatts of offshore wind energy and increase our generation of solar power. New Jersey has a renewable energy portfolio standard that requires utilities to generate a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources – or else pay someone else to generate it for them. The State also has aggressive rebate programs for renewable energy systems.
Putting these policies into practice; however, has proven quite challenging. The reality is that New Jersey is the Country’s most densely populated state and many people – including our governmental officials – do not understand renewable energy. Together these factors can make towns hesitant to allow renewable energy systems in their jurisdiction and this can lead to increased costs for obtaining approvals for renewable energy systems or the denial of applications.
I have experience in navigating environmental regulations and statutes, land use law and litigation can help you pursue your renewable energy plans. My article, “Renewable Energy and Land Use Law” was published in the American Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environment Journal. I am committed to helping both individuals and businesses achieve their goals of installing renewable energy