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New Jersey Sets Goal to Cut Natural Gas Use 80% by 2050

New Jersey Sets Goal to Cut Natural Gas Use 80% by 2050
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Monday, 27 January 2020 02:16 PM

 New Jersey’s plan to eliminate man-made carbon emissions relies on big reductions in natural gas use in homes and businesses.

“Gas public utilities must assess existing pipeline capacity and plan for a gradual reduction in system use,” according to a plan released Monday by Governor Phil Murphy. Gas usage in New Jersey will be cut by at least 80% by 2050 through shifting to electric heat and plugging leaks or replacing older pipelines.

It’s one part of a broad effort to stem the worst impacts of climate change, as states grapple with ways to shift away from a fuel -- natural gas -- that’s been a key driver of the shift away from coal to cleaner energy sources. Some California cities have banned new gas connections to homes, and utilities in New York have withheld service because of concerns about shortages of the fuel.

“In breaking from our fossil fuel habit, New Jersey will lead,” Murphy said in a speech at Stockton University. He signed an executive order that will also require state agencies to consider the impacts of climate change in permit approvals for construction projects.

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