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 20, 2018

    Murphy Administration Proposes Rules for State's Re-Entry Into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

    Almost six years to the day that Governor Christie withdrew New Jersey from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy’s administration announced plans to re-enter RGGI.


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  • November 30, 2018

    CCNJ Member Exclusive: Energy Aggregation Program is now offering Bill Auditing Services

    Participants in the Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s<a href="https://www.chemistrycouncilnj.org/Member-Benefits/Energy-Aggregation-program.aspx"> Energy Aggregation Program</a> receive proprietary electricity bill review and validation as part of the <a href="https://www.chemistrycouncilnj.org/Member-Benefits/Energy-Aggregation-program.aspx">Program’s</a> consulting services. 


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  • October 31, 2018

    CCNJ Testifies in Opposition of Current Electric Vehicle Bill

    On October 15, 2018, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee voted 4-1 to release Senate Bill 2252. This bill would establish goals, create certain initiatives and new programs to encourage and support the use of Plug –in electric vehicles. Senator Steven Oroho was the only NO vote on the bill.


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  • October 31, 2018

    Bill Banning Treatment of Fracking Wastewater Passes New Jersey Senate

    The New Jersey Senate recently released Senate Bill No. 678, which prohibits treatment, discharge, disposal, application to roadway, or storage of wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings or other byproducts from natural gas exploration or production using hydraulic fracturing, by a 31-5 vote


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  • October 31, 2018

    CCNJ Makes Five Recommendations for BPU to Consider Regarding Zero Emission Certificate Program

    In October the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities held three open public meetings regarding the implementation of the nuclear subsidy act, and the establishment of a Zero Emission Certificate (ZEC) program for eligible nuclear plants.


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  • September 1, 2018

    CCNJ Submits Comments Regarding the New Jersey 2019 Energy Master Plan – Reducing Energy Consumption

    On September 14, Dennis Hart testified before members of the State Energy Master Plan Committee as part of the Reducing Energy Consumption Stakeholder Meeting, and provided comments on behalf of CCNJ members on the New Jersey 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP).


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  • May 1, 2018

    $300 Million-A-Year Nuclear Bailout Signed into law

    On May 23, Governor Murphy signed two energy bills, including the nuclear bailout bill, despite increased opposition from environmental, business and consumer groups.


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  • April 1, 2018

    From the Desk of the Executive Director—Advocacy Report

    It has been almost two years since I’ve joined the Chemistry Council of New Jersey. I continue to be impressed by our members’ level of engagement on important issues, and the staff’s ability to ensure that we continue to be the premier advocates for the business of chemistry. When I took over as executive director, I committed to keep the high quality standards and level of advocacy you have come to expect from the Council. I am glad we continue this tradition, and have actively represented your interests before the Legislature and regulatory bodies.


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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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