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Clean Energy Fund Raided (Again) to Plug Last Hole in State Budget

Tom Johnson | June 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment

Administration, lawmakers tap $75 million from fund, up $25 million from amount announced previously — in addition to $161 million already diverted this year

Ralph LaRossa Takes on New Tasks: President and COO of PSEG Power

Tom Johnson | June 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Move, press release seem to confirm speculation that he is being groomed to replace Izzo — chairman, president, and CEO of PSEG
'Greens' See Red Over Budget Plan, Raids on Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn current spending plan lets administration divert money meant to restore damages to natural resources to general fund
U.S. Appellate Court Upholds PJM Rules to Meet Peak Demand for Power
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists, others fear new regulations from operator of the power grid will cause prices to spike when demand is highest
State Takes Steps to Tap into $72.2M Volkswagen Settlement
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used to deploy charging infrastructure for electric cars, relieve air pollution from transportation sector
NJ’s Top Two Utilities Could Do More to Help Customers Cut Energy Use, Costs
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National scorecard of 51 largest utilities ranks PSE&G, JCP&L near bottom when it comes to saving consumers money with energy efficiency
$500 Million Slotted for Sewage-Treatment, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Funds to be distributed by Environmental Infrastructure Trust, well-regarded financier for clean-water projects for several decades
Murphy Calls for Permanent Ban on Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Democratic candidate for governor wins election, it could help swing Delaware River Basin Commission to follow his call on fracking
Outlook for Clean Energy Budget: Dollars Fall, Diversions to Continue
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Diversions may dip slightly, but funneling money away from its intended purpose has cost fund some $1.5 billion over past seven years
EPA Delays Federal Ozone Standard, Slows NJ’s Efforts to Reduce Smog
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without standard, NJ can’t crack down on cars, trucks, businesses that pump ozone into the atmosphere
Garden State Solar Sector Continues to Heat Up, Though Clouds on Horizon
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey deployed nearly 400 megawatts of solar capacity in 2016, fifth-highest ranking in United States
DEP, Lawmakers Clash Over Development in the Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Assembly votes to stop state agency from boosting number of septic tanks in pristine preserve, source of drinking water for millions in NJ
State’s Proposed Wetlands Rule Would Speed, Simplify Developer Permitting
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics particularly concerned about new rule that would allow developers to certify they’ve met all regulations without any DEP oversight
Restoration Underway at Ortley Beach to Repair Sandy Damage
NJTV News Online | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Tons of sand are being dredged from the ocean to remake the beach after which crews will go to work on the shore at Lavalette
Trump Administration Opens Way to Drilling for Oil, Gas Off Atlantic Coast
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National Fisheries Service proposing permits for seismic surveys off coast; ‘greens’ say surveys first step to full-throttle drilling
Angling to Get New Jersey into the United States Climate Alliance
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers look to have Garden State join California, New York, other states in a domestic accord to curb carbon-based pollution
Home Heating Costs Likely to Tick up with Price of Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ homeowners could see their monthly bills increase by as little as 80 cents or as much as $8.00 depending on which utility they use
In Unexpected Move, BPU Holds off Advancing Two Controversial Rules
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency decides not to move on regulations that would ease oversight of utility infrastructure investments, speed rate collection from customers
NJ, NY at Odds Over Delaware River Water Allocations
NJTV News Online | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey wants millions more gallons of water a day. The challenge is to convince New York, which controls the spigot
Without Subsidies, Three Mile Island Could Go Dark, Operator Asserts
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In an argument that mirrors the one made by PSEG, Exelon says it can’t afford to keep TMI in service without help from Pennsylvania ratepayers
PSEG Power Retires Two Biggest Coal-Burning Plants in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Shuttering the plants follows a national trend, as cleaner, cheaper natural gas supplants coal across the country
GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Divided on Energy, Environment
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017
Guadagno favors regional approach to greenhouse-gas emissions; for Ciattarelli, a national program makes more sense
Lawmakers Push Back on Development in Highlands, Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In two votes along mostly party lines Democrats block more septic tanks in the Highlands, and position the Garden State to rejoin RGGI
PSEG Chief Wants Customers to Use Less Energy, Without Taking Financial Hit
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Izzo’s message: there are ‘billions’ to be made from energy efficiency, while industry and regulators squabble ‘over tens of millions’
NJ Customers Can Expect to Pay More as Power Prices Spike in Capacity Auction
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PSEG Power’s decision to retire two coal-burning plants contributes to steep increase, along with continuing problems of congestion on the grid
Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As is becoming increasingly common with environmental efforts, backers are looking beyond Christie administration for success
Verizon Settles in South Jersey, Promising Clearer Lines, Speedier Internet
NewsWorks.org | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Telecom giant agrees to give customers in South Jersey what they’ve been asking for: better service over copper landlines and Fios upgrades where possible
2018 Budget Plan Puts Cleaning Up Brownfields Above Easing Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites
Assembly Panel Looks to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration
Tom Johnson | May 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in kids, can cause nausea and other conditions in adults
Sarlo Airs Concerns About Nuclear Subsidies at Budget Committee Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president Mroz favors regional approach to problem, rather than a state-by-state solution
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