Addiego Introduces Legislation to Expand New Jersey’s Use of Renewable Natural Gas

Plan would maximize use of existing natural gas infrastructure
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Trenton – In an effort to expand New Jersey’s green energy programs, Senator Dawn Addiego today introduced legislation which would direct the Board of Public Utilities to establish a program encouraging investment in renewable natural gas procurement and infrastructure by public gas utilities.
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“Drawing renewable natural gas from landfills, sewage plants and agricultural facilities presents a valuable opportunity to further efforts to de-carbonize our energy supply. Roughly 3 out of 4 New Jersey residents are already connected to our natural gas infrastructure,” said Senator Addiego (D-Burlington/Camden/Atlantic). “By leveraging this existing infrastructure we can become a leader in renewable natural gas, preserve system reliability and affordably de-carbonize the grid.”
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This legislation follows the national model set forth in Oregon. California, New York, Virginia and Vermont are also exploring ways to incorporate renewable natural gas into their clean energy future.
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Renewable natural gas has the potential to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and recovering methane gas produced at sites like landfills and sewage treatment facilities.