- December 6, 2018
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A coalition of 50 non-profits wants New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to place a moratorium on fossil fuel projects in order to ensure that the state reaches its target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. They have also provided an economic reasoning for their decisions, arguing that the projects will not be economically feasible if the state achieves its target by 2050. There are nine pipeline and compressor projects pending, approved, or in litigation in New Jersey. The state also has five power plants powered by natural gas, which are recently built or pending. The governor's deputy press secretary told reporters that his team is taking a "hard look" at energy infrastructure projects. But the review will be completed only by June, when the decisions on many fossil fuel projects will have been made, critics say. According to EIA, natural gas and nuclear power accounted for more than 90% of New Jersey's energy generation mix. It was also the country's fifth-largest producer of nuclear energy.