Governor Phil Murphy has announced year 2050 as the deadline when New Jersey residents will forgo natural gas even though 75% of the residents use this energy. Natural gas is considered clean energy compared to other fossils and is still affordable for the majority of residents.
New Jersey will probably follow California where natural gas and other fossil fuels are banned and rolling blackouts are typical. California also has the highest electricity rates in the nation which is more than double the national average.
Texas green energy got hit with a storm last winter that left people freezing for weeks. Apparently, windmills do not like freezing weather and solar panels are not efficient when they are covered in snow. New Jersey is not warm compared to Texas so the untypical snow storm in Texas that left residents without power for weeks is very common in New Jersey.
It takes 32 acres of land to meet the demands of 1,000 homes with solar panels, according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory. So that leaves urban areas with wind power as the logical choice.
Unfortunately, Bayonne’s windmill is not cheap, it cost millions, and the maintenance is high because it is does breakdown. Bayonne would need 50 of those windmills to replace all of the energy that town uses. So, Jersey City would need hundreds of windmills. Where would the city put them and would residents tolerate the noise?
While many think turning to green energy will save the planet, many people are not aware that the 1930s was very warm, it contributed to the infamous Dust Bowl period. Going further back, Europe had a warming period that last from 900 to 1300 AD, called the Medieval Warming Period and it went into a cooling period afterwards. Warming and cooling periods are part of the natural cycles of life.
Gov. Murphy’s 2050 deadline will be costly and leave many residents without heat during the winter months like Texas and no air conditioners in the warm months like California. Green energy relies on the cooperation Mother Nature, the sun must be shining and the wind must be blowing. So, alternative energy has a place but the total ban of natural gas which is still cheap and reliable is worrisome.