Energy


As New Jersey continues to consider and implement more renewable energy certificates and energy credits (i.e., Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC), Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC), and Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC)), ratepayers continue to subsidize these programs at an alarming rate. These programs have added billions of dollars in additional energy costs that are passed on to the ratepayer. New Jersey’s industrial energy rates, despite being 4% lower compared to rates in 2018, remain almost 50% above the national average; however, residential rates are up almost 6% per kilowatt-hour compared to 2018. The impact of these new energy programs and other fees and taxes, exclusive to New Jersey, keep our state electricity rates uncompetitive when compared to other states.
 
Energy Costs
Energy represents a significant share of manufacturing costs for the U.S. business of chemistry. For some energy-intensive products, energy for both fuel and power needs and feedstocks account for up to 85% of total production costs. Because energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure, higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on the business of chemistry. Overall energy costs represent around 10% of the value of industry shipments. Moreover, value added by the business of chemistry is equivalent to five times this energy cost, which is just one of many inputs, including other raw materials and services that the business of chemistry purchases from other industries.


 

Energy Related Position Papers

  • March 10, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS IN NJ

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following preliminary comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the potential pathways to reduce carbon emissions in the state to achieve the goals of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2006 levels by 2050 and 100% clean energy by 2050, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 25, 2020.


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  • March 6, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – PERIODIC MONITORING AND REPORTING OF NJ’S GHG EMISSIONS

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following preliminary comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting rulemaking focus areas, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 21, 2020.


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  • September 13, 2019

    COMMENTS: 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND AFFORDABILITY

    Chemistry Council of New Jersey

    Our members continue to be concerned with the high cost of energy in New Jersey.  In a CCNJ membership survey conducted during the months of June and July of 2018, respondents for the eleventh consecutive year, unanimously ranked energy costs as one of the top issues of concern facing their companies in New Jersey.  Energy is a vital component of our industry’s cost structure, and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on both jobs and the bottom line of our member companies.  New Jersey’s industrial energy rates are still some of the highest in the nation, about 45% above the national average.  As large energy users, the state’s energy policies are of critical importance to our members.


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  • October 19, 2018

    COMMENTS: IN THE MATTER OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF L. 2018, c. 16 REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A ZERO EMISSION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR ELIGIBLE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

    On behalf of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, which represents the business of chemistry in the state, we remain concerned with the potential subsidy for nuclear generation. As I testified during the extensive legislative process, this subsidy will drastically increase the electricity cost to manufactures in NJ, an industry that state has been trying to bolster. The potential cost of this program will increase electricity bills for companies who already pay an average of 45% more than there competition from around the country. To put it in a dollar and cents perspective, this subsidy could cost some smaller manufactures in NJ nearly $100,000 in additional energy cost, while larger manufactures could pay upwards of $1 million annually.


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  • October 11, 2018

    COMMENTS: REGARDING NEW JERSEY 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION

    Energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on our members and the consumers of their products.  As such, we support goals to drive down the cost of energy for all customers, to promote a diverse portfolio of new, clean, in-state generation and to reward energy efficiency and energy conservation and reduce peak demand.  The Council believes that these goals are in the best interests of all energy consumers, as their implementation will lead to significant improvement in energy utilization throughout the state, ensure that the environment remains protected, and foster innovation and economic growth.


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  • September 11, 2018

    ISSUE PAPER: ENERGY IN PERSPECTIVE

    In a Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) membership survey conducted during the months of June and July of 2018, respondents for the eleventh consecutive year unanimously ranked energy costs as one of the top issues of concern facing their companies in New Jersey.  One can understand why, since New Jersey’s industrial energy rates are among the highest in the nation. For some energy-intensive products, energy for both fuel and power needs and feedstocks account for up to 85% of total production costs. Because energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure, higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on jobs and the bottom line.


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  • May 1, 2015

    Issue Paper: Energy in Perspective

    In a Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) membership survey conducted during the months of June and July of 2014, respondents for the seventh consecutive year unanimously ranked energy costs as one of the top issues of concern facing their companies in New Jersey. One can understand why, since New Jersey’s industrial energy rates are among the highest in the nation. For some energy-intensive products, energy for both fuel and power needs and feedstocks account for up to 85% of total production costs. Because energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure, higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on jobs and the bottom line.


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  • December 23, 2021

    CCNJ Announces Monday Keynote Speakers For 37th Annual Conference

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey will once again gather at the Ocean Resort & Casino on May 2 and 3, 2022, for its 37th Annual Conference.


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  • December 23, 2021

    NJDEP Publishes NJPACT Rule Proposal On CO2 Emissions

    On December 6, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Air Quality published a rule proposal in the New Jersey Register regarding the control and prohibition of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


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  • December 23, 2021

    2021 Year End Review

    <p>After 19 months of working remotely, the entire CCNJ staff is back working from our offices in Trenton. We continue to adjust as needed to the requirements set forth by the state and CDC to address the public health emergency, but we remain focused on being strong and effective advocates for our membership.</p>


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  • November 30, 2021

    CCNJ Welcomed An Additional 4 Members Since January: 1 Regular and 3 Associate Members

    In 2021, CCNJ welcomed a total of seven new members, including an additional four since our last update in January.


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  • November 30, 2021

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s Lame Duck Priority Bills

    The New Jersey Legislature is currently in its lame duck legislative session. The lame duck legislative session runs from now until Monday, January 10, 2022. The new legislature gets sworn-in on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and with that the new legislative session begins.


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  • November 30, 2021

    New Jersey 2021 Elections Yield Unexpected Results

    Only two states, New Jersey and Virginia, held gubernatorial elections on November 2<sup>nd</sup> of this year. 


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  • November 30, 2021

    37th Annual Conference Call For Presentations—Due December 10, 2021

    The 37th Annual Conference will take place May 2-3, 2022, at The Ocean Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Many attendees at the last conference approached staff with presentation ideas and speaker suggestions for the May conference, so we thought it would be a suitable time to make our call for presentation form live.


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  • October 29, 2021

    Ashland And GES Receive CCNJ’s Highest Honor At The 36th Annual Conference

    For the last 25 years, not including 2020, CCNJ has honored a Regular Member company with the Chairperson’s Award, which recognizes a Regular Member that demonstrates excellence and commitment to community, customer, shareholder, and employee expectations in the areas of safety, health, and environmental performance.  Most importantly, the award recognizes a Regular Member company that demonstrates commitment to the overall success of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey.


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  • October 29, 2021

    CCNJ Appoints Elvin Montero Deputy Executive Director, Promotes Ed Waters To Senior Director

    Earlier this month, Dennis Hart, CCNJ executive director, and Michael Heltzer, chairman of the Board of Trustees, announced the promotions of long-time employees Elvin Montero and Ed Waters.  "Both Elvin and Ed have demonstrated fantastic leadership and dedication to the betterment of our association, and we are recognizing their contributions with these promotions and new responsibilities within the CCNJ," said Heltzer.


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  • October 29, 2021

    37th Annual Conference Call For Presentations—Due December 10, 2021

    Even though the more than 175 people who attended the 36th Annual Conference this past week are still talking about the great conference held earlier this week, planning for the next conference is already underway.


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Energy Related Resources

  • September 6, 2013

    Chemical Sector Emergency Preparedness Tabletop Exercise After Action Report

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC)-sponsored Chemical Sector Emergency Preparedness Tabletop Exercise (TTX) provided a forum to facilitate discussion and document roles, responsibilities, processes, protocols, and systems used to support an effective public-private response to emerging all-hazard threats and incidents impacting the Chemical Sector. The TTX was meant to validate and provide feedback to enhance the recently developed draft Playbook for an Effective All-Hazards Chemical Sector Response (the “Playbook”). As a joint publication of the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC),1 the Playbook is intended to provide a standard operating procedure to assist the Chemical Sector in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all-hazards emergency events.


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