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Former Ratepayer Advocate Socked With $11,000 Fine for Ethics Violations

Tom Johnson | September 30, 2014 | Energy & Environment

Commission faults Seema Singh for simultaneously serving as ratepayer advocate and president of special-interest group

No Shortage of Challenges for New President of Board of Public Utilities

Tom Johnson | September 29, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Agency must wrestle -- among other issues -- with building resiliency into NJ’s power grid without spiking customer bills
Proposed Exelon, Pepco Merger Could Mean Fewer Outages for ACE Customers
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
$7B deal would give Atlantic City Electric more money to beef up its infrastructure, company executives maintain
PSE&G Breaks Ground on 10-Megawatt Solar Farm, Its Largest Yet
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Utility begins construction of grid-supply project at Parklands Landfill in Bordentown, avoids use of farmland or open space
New Jerseyans Could Be Paying too Much for Power, Report Says
Tom Johnson | September 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
By failing to consider energy-efficiency savings, grid operator could be signing off on unnecessary transmission projects
Can New BPU President, Commissioners Brace Agency for Change?
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2014 | Energy & Environment
With the energy sectors that it oversees in flux, can the Board of Public Utilities deal effectively with tough new challenges?
Opponents Protest that Proposed Pipeline Threatens State-Preserved Open Space
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers counter that access to natural-gas-rich Marcellus Shale will drive down heating and electric bills
The List: Ten Warnings About Potential Impact of Climate Change in New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 22, 2014 | Energy & Environment, The List
According to these reports, now’s the time to act to prevent sea-level rise -- and worse
Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Governor looks to slot in two Democrats at state agency, announces surprise nomination to head up DOT
Bipartisan Coalition Wants Open-Space Question on November Ballot
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Voters have consistently backed preservation programs -- but will NJ’s economic woes change their minds?
State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages
Tom Johnson | September 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New regulations hope to avoid disasters that followed Sandy, when crippled facilities dumped billions of gallons of sewage into NJ waterways
Senate Bill Package Could Fundamentally Change the Power Sector
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Draft legislation could alter utilities’ business model, introduce aggressive goals for solar energy
Explainer: Shopping for Cheaper Energy Remains a Chancy Undertaking
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Unexpected spikes in prices is one reason that the state is looking into ways to better regulate alternative power suppliers
Court Pulls Plug on NJ’s Plan to Build New Natural-Gas Power Plants
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Three-judge panel rules New Jersey program ventures into territory reserved for federal government
New Program Could Help Keep Sewage from Flooding State’s Waterways
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Assembly committee passes bill that would allow certain cities and towns to set up so-called stormwater utilities to help get pollution in check
Draft Legislation Would Bump Up New Jersey’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers say proposed bill would give solar power and wind power a much-needed boost in state
Governor Vetoes Statewide Ban on Smoking at Public Beaches, Parks
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
To smoke or not to smoke, Christie says, is best decided by local ordinance
Legislature, DEP Could Clash Over Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | September 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
At issue, New Jersey’s ability to participate in multistate program to clean up pollution from power plants
At Power Conference, Utilities and Suppliers Ponder Industry Model
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Given incursion of renewables and emphasis on energy efficiency, will old ways of doing business suffice?
Fine Print: Staying Ahead of the Latest Developments in Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | September 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Federal grant to Fishermen’s Energy pilot project could breathe new life into proposal
State Agency Argues for Clearer Contracts from Third-Party Energy Suppliers
Tom Johnson | September 5, 2014 | Energy & Environment
BPU looks to shield consumers from sticker shock when electric and gas bills are far higher than they would have paid to their utility
Interactive Maps Offer Glimpse of NJ’s Future as World’s Climate Changes
WHYY/NewsWorks | September 5, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Sandy
Website created by Rutgers University team also depicts impact of storm surges and coastal flooding on people and infrastructure
Challenge to Federal EPA Ruling Could Help Save Marine Life in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 4, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Environmental coalition wants power plants across country to take steps to reduce fish and shellfish kills
State Targets $65M for Country's First Energy Resiliency Bank
Tom Johnson | September 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Fund’s initial order of business: Keep NJ's water and wastewater treatment plants in service during and after violent storms
Problems with Repetitive Flooding Mean Recurring Losses for Inland New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment
It lacks the drama and damage of Hurricane Sandy, but repeated flooding is taking a heavy toll on houses and businesses far from the shore
PSE&G Transmission Upgrade Should Boost Reliability, Create Jobs -- Report Says
Tom Johnson | September 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Rutgers University analysis indicates utility's 10-year project could mean 6,000 jobs annually
NJ Allocates Over $1 Billion in Loans for Sandy-Related Water, Sewer Repairs
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Federal, state funds will be distributed for 235 projects to fix, upgrade infrastructure
Energy Regulators, Advocates Wary of Merger’s Impact on Consumers
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Worry is that Exelon acquisition of Atlantic City Electric would give it too much control of transmission facilities in regional power grid
New 100-Mile Natural-Gas Pipeline Proposed in Western New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Developers say the pipeline, which would cross Delaware River into Hunterdon County and Mercer County, would reduce heating, electricity costs
Highlands Act Has Seen Success -- But It’s Not Out of the Woods Yet
Tom Johnson | August 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Law has slowed sprawl, protected drinking water, but opposition remains – and funding vote in November could have big impact
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