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State Profile and Energy Estimates

Changes to the State Energy Data System (SEDS) Notice: In October 2023, we updated the way we calculate primary energy consumption of electricity generation from noncombustible renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal). Visit our Changes to 1960—2022 conversion factor for renewable energy page to learn more.

Profile Overview

Quick Facts

  • Natural gas and nuclear energy together have fueled more than 90% of the New Jersey's total electricity generation in every year since 2011. In 2022, natural gas accounted for about 49% of New Jersey’s total electricity generation and nuclear power provided almost 42%.
  • In 2022, New Jersey was the nation's 10th-largest producer of electricity from solar energy and ranked fifth in small-scale solar power generation. Overall, solar energy accounted for nearly 7% of New Jersey's total in-state electricity generation in 2022.
  • New Jersey has a goal of obtaining 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity by 2035 and 11,000 megawatts by 2040.
  • About 73% of New Jersey households rely on natural gas as their primary heating fuel, 16% use electricity for space heating, and about 9% use petroleum products. The rest use other fuels, including wood and solar energy.
  • New Jersey is the 13th-largest petroleum-consuming state but is the 10th-smallest in per capita petroleum use.

Last Updated: December 21, 2023

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