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  • In 2016, for the first time, natural gas provided more than half the electricity generated in New Jersey. Nuclear power provided 39%, and, together, the two fuels provided 95% of the state's net electricity generation.
  • 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 refineries added rail access for crude oil deliveries and can receive crude oil either by rail from North Dakota or by tanker from overseas, whichever is more economic.
  • In 2016, solar power supplied 74% of New Jersey's renewable electricity generation from both utility and distributed (customer-sited, small-scale) sources. Nearly two-thirds of that solar electricity came from distributed solar panels.
  • 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.

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

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