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An employee working at an Atlantic City Electric substation in Atlantic County. - ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC

It’s not easy being green

The number of solar, wind and other clean energy projects is rising across the state, but weaknesses in existing utility grid connections could crimp New Jersey’s ability to utilize renewable, or green power.

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Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. - NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY

Still powerful

Facing resistance to his original $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, President Joe Biden appears to be closer to achieving a bipartisan compromise on a less-costly $1.2 trillion deal. While lopping nearly 50% off the total funding, the wide-ranging proposal still directs federal money to clean transportation and clean energy initiatives, in addition to lead pipe replacement and other cleanup efforts that a June 24 White House news release says will create more union and other jobs. If it passes, New Jersey could benefit, according to some insiders.

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Dotcom Distribution Warehouse- DOTCOM DISTRIBUTION

Red light? (updated)

The relentless rise of e-commerce — spurred in part by widespread COVID-19 lockdowns — has been a bonanza for New Jersey, thanks to demand for warehousing space and so-called last-mile delivery services. But at the same time, energy prices have hit a gusher, leading to concerns about a stall in the demand for New Jersey’s warehousing and distribution services.

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Installers work on an NRG residential solar project in Marlboro.

4 new laws aim to bolster NJ’s clean energy agenda

“We are on our way to putting New Jersey firmly back in our rightful place as a world leader of innovation,” the governor said July 9. “This modernization of our energy sector isn’t just going to be good for cleaner air and our longtime fight against climate change - which it will be - it’s going to be good for our economy.”

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