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Utilities Need to Keep BPU in the Know About Response to Major Storms, Report Says

Tom Johnson | October 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment

Information would give agency better insight into most cost-effective steps to increase resilience

Feds to Pour Another $75M Into NJ’s Drinking-Water, Sewage-Treatment Systems

Tom Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Latest EPA contribution brings agency total since 1989 to $2 billion, but is it a drop in bucket given depth of state’s water problems?
Senate Committee Blocks Two Appointments to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Nominees questioned about their stand on controversial natural-gas pipeline that would cut through the preserve
Measure Would Mandate Smart-Growth Policies in Town Master Plans
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Critics argue municipalities are already addressing these issues voluntarily, obviating the need for new law
Measure Ratchets Up Targets for NJ’s Offshore-Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers say bill, which calls for 4,500 megawatts by 2050, isn’t meant for the Christie administration but for one friendlier to renewable subsidies
Profile: A Leader of New Jersey’s Environmental Movement
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Profiles
Michael Catania has spent much of his professional life protecting the Garden State’s land and water
Legislation Could Speed Sale of Public Water Facilities to Private Companies
Tom Johnson | October 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Ratepayer Counsel, environmentalists argue legislation could drive up prices for consumers
Hammonton Cuts Water Use Through Education, Overhaul of Rate System
Jon Hurdle | October 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Residents of Pinelands town learn they can restrict their use of water without sacrificing their lush green lawns
Bill wants 80% of NJ’s Power to Come from Renewable Sources by 2050
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Aggressive energy goals draw the ire of large manufacturers, questions and concerns from Rate Counsel
Audit Finds Room for Improvement at Department of Community Affairs
Tom Johnson | October 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Problems with inspections and check deposits not as serious as those uncovered in earlier audits, particularly with DCA weatherization program
Will Keeping B.L. England Plant Online Mean Reliability Issues on Grid?
Tom Johnson | October 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say report from PJM Interconnection indicates there would be fewer potential problems if facility is shut down
Legislation Would Encourage Consumers to Deploy Solar Arrays
Tom Johnson | October 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
By ensuring they can sell power they generate back onto the grid, bill aims to give homeowners and small businesses a reason to go solar
BPU Moves On ‘Plain English’ Summary for Alternative Energy Contracts
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Third-party suppliers to start offering consumers one-page explanation of fine-print details of what they’re offering
State Clears Sale of Environmentally Sensitive Property -- for Second Time
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Golf course and senior housing could displace endangered species, including Pine Barrens tree frog
Natural-Gas Bills Will Drop This Winter for Most Customers in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Heating bills will decline for Garden State consumers served by three of four gas utilities
Federal Funding Should Bolster Resilience of Water-Treatment Plants
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
EPA announces the awarding of $229 million to finance projects at drinking-water, sewage-treatment facilities
Possible Rate Cut, Refund for JCP&L Customers Hits Yet Another Delay
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
BPU grants administrative law judge’s request for more time to reach decision in long-running case
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
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