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  • In 2020, natural gas and nuclear power accounted for 90% of New Jersey's total electricity net generation, although natural gas-fired generation in the state was down one-fourth from 2019 as COVID-19 mitigation efforts resulted in many offices scaling back their on-site operations and employees worked from home. 
  • Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the location of one of the three storage sites for the 1-million-barrel federal Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. New Jersey's residential sector accounts for about 3% of state petroleum consumption.
  • New Jersey was the nation's sixth-largest producer of electricity from solar energy in 2020 and ranked third in generation from small-scale solar generating systems, such as rooftop solar panels. Overall, solar power accounted for 6.5% of in-state electricity.
  • By mid-2021, New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities had approved 3,700 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity, putting the state on track to meet almost half of its goal to obtain 7,500 megawatts of wind power by 2035.
  • About 75% of New Jersey households rely on natural gas as their primary heating fuel, more than 14% use electric heat, and about 10% use petroleum products. The rest use other fuels, including wood and solar energy.

Last Updated: October 21, 2021

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