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Scorecard Ranks NJ 24th in Energy Efficiency, Down 3 Spots from Prior Year

Tom Johnson | September 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment

Among reasons for state’s slide, diversion of clean-energy funds and utility business model that does not encourage investment in energy efficiency

PennEast Proposes Route Changes to Lessen Environmental Impact

Tom Johnson | September 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists raise concerns that modifications were announced after public comment period was over
Money and Sand: Will There Be Enough for New Jersey’s Beaches?
Kirk Moore | September 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Beach replenishment is costly and exacts a heavy toll on the environment, depleting underwater ridges that are home to a broad variety of sea life
NJ Energy Resilience Bank Getting Ready for Second Round of Withdrawals
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some $135 million in federal loans and grants to go to projects to ensure power stays on at wastewater treatment plants and hospitals
Public Service Enterprise Group’s New Venture, Selling Energy Retail
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company is quietly setting up PSEG Energy Solutions to sell electricity and gas to commercial and industrial accounts
Drinking Water Panel Urges DEP to Adopt Nation’s Strictest Limit on PFOA
Jon Hurdle | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scientists want New Jersey to reduce the permitted level in drinking water of chemical that has been linked to cancer
Scorching Summer of 2016 Yields Dozens of Bad-Air Days
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More stringent standard helps push to 24 the number of days NJ failed to meet acceptable levels for smog
New Jersey Natural Gas Settlement Will Add $7 a Month to Customer Bills
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Rate increase far smaller than 24 percent boost originally sought in 2015
High Levels of Chromium 6 Found in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical has been linked to several types of cancer; environmental group says it is unsafe even at low levels
NJ Needs to Accelerate Efforts to Get More Electric Cars on Road
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But charging infrastructure remains more fizzle than sizzle, making low- or zero-emission vehicles a very tough sell
PSE&G Sets Pace for Replacing Cast-Iron Mains with Plastic Pipes
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But with 4,000 miles of iron pipe in its system, state’s largest utility has a long way to go
Getting Scrap Tires off the Pile and into Recycling
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
There are good uses for scrap tires — on kids’ playgrounds and equestrian tracks, for instance — but safe disposal is key
$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
PSEG Power Considers Decommissioning Two Coal-Fired Plants
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that low cost of natural gas has put economic pressure on coal and nuclear units
Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
Frustrations with Verizon’s Basic Phone Service Continue to Simmer in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates call on BPU for in-depth investigation of connectivity problems with telecom giant’s copper-line service
Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan
Jon Hurdle | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened
Menendez Pushes to Fast-Track Flood Mitigation In Rahway River Basin
NJTV News Online | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reduce flooding in the 82-square-mile river basin that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene
As E-Waste Piles Up, Disposal Costs Continue to Mount
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More and more towns and counties are shelling out serious cash as they try to keep up with a seemingly endless stream of junked PCs, TVs, other electronic gear
Lawmakers Push State DEP to Set Limits for Toxic Chemicals in Water Supply
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency would have six months to set limits for more than a dozen contaminants known to be in Garden State’s drinking water
JCP&L Withdraws Bid to Spin Off Transmission Assets into New Company
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility indicates no way to resolve outstanding issues and meet January 2017 timeframe to begin investing in new entity
DEP Proposal Could Reignite Battle over Beach, Shoreline Access
Tom Johnson | September 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend new rules fail to ensure unfettered access promised by bipartisan bill now before Legislature
Conservationists Fear Off-Roaders Will Damage NJ Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State DEP steps up enforcement after dumping plan to curtail access to remote areas
Scrap Tires Keep Piling Up, Despite Regulations Meant to Manage Problem
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Audit of DEP program uncovers almost a dozen new dumps, as well as compliance issues with known scrap-tire piles
Fine Print: What’s the Price Tag for Ensuring Beach and Shoreline Access?
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue that a new bill would force towns to build restrooms and parking lots, even though state already offers extensive public access
The Squandered Promise of Offshore Wind in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today is the sixth anniversary of a bill to build a framework for a thriving offshore-wind sector; the first U.S. offshore wind farm is two months away — in Rhode Island
Lawmakers Consider Doubling Up on Money for Shore Protection
Tom Johnson | August 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Beach restoration projects — which have become increasingly necessary in recent years — would be funded to $50 million
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