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  • New Jersey averaged the 10th-highest electricity prices in the nation in 2015.
  • New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear reactor, which is the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States, began operation in 1969 and is scheduled to shut down in 2019.
  • New Jersey has adopted a renewable portfolio standard that will require nearly one-fourth of net electricity sales to come from renewable energy resources by 2021. Specific solar and offshore wind requirements are included in the standard.
  • In 2015, for the first time, natural gas generated more electricity in New Jersey than nuclear power did. Together, the two fuels provided more than nine-tenths of the state's net electricity generation.
  • New Jersey refineries have added rail access for crude oil deliveries and can now receive crude oil either by rail from North Dakota or by tanker from overseas, whichever is more economic.
  • In 2015, solar power became New Jersey's largest source of renewable electricity; three-fifths of solar electricity came from customer-sited solar panels.

Last Updated: July 21, 2016

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