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Pilot Program Gives Freer Hand to Utilities to Trim High-Hazard Trees

Tom Johnson | July 31, 2015 | Energy & Environment

With homeowners' permission, utilities can take down or trim trees -- even if they are not directly in companies’ rights of way

Power-Grid Operator PJM Hands Off High-Speed Transmission Project

Tom Johnson | July 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
PSE&G will handle one of three components to add resilience to power grid, upgrade Salem substation
Environmentalists Head Back to Court to Be Heard in ExxonMobil Case
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Five ‘green’ groups ask appellate panel to let them intervene in controversial legal action, stay decision until appeal is decided
Fine Print: Funding Projects to Restore Areas Around NJ Damaged By Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Garden State still lacks an effective mechanism to prevent money meant for environmental reparations from going to the general fund
State On Target for Meeting Goals of Energy Master Plan, According to BPU
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Agency identifies emerging issues -- like lengthy power outages in wake of severe storms -- that need to be addressed
State Agency Pursues Probe into Utilities’ Responses to Severe Storm
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Late-June macroburst knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers, disrupting communications and impeding restoration efforts
BPU Déjà vu: Agency Approves Pinelands Pipeline for Second Time
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Controversial project, which has generated solid opposition, would convert coal-fired B.L. England power plant to natural gas
Environmentalists Accuse PennEast of Test Drilling Without Permit
Jon Hurdle | July 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State DEP asserts company had requisite paperwork; PennEast dismisses claims as ‘intentionally inaccurate’
Mercer County Revokes PennEast’s Permission to Survey Land in Local Park
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Citing potential environmental damage, county joins growing list of landowners that won’t facilitate surveys for controversial pipeline
As Old Computer Monitors and Electronics Pile Up, Environmental Risk Grows
Tom Johnson | July 21, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Many e-waste recyclers can no longer find vendors interested in their offerings, increasing likelihood that lead will leach into soil
New Jersey Transit’s Newest Commuter Coaches Will Be Cleaner and Greener
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Transportation
Country’s third-largest mass-transit provider signs deal for 772 buses that run on clean-diesel technology
‘Uncooperative’ Property Owners Slowing Down PennEast Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State DEP tells company not to apply for permits until it can access private property and verify project’s route
State’s Top Court Rules Whistleblower Law Extends to Watchdog Employees
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Workers whose job is to evaluate health and safety issues are less vulnerable to being fired for telling truth to employers
Coastal Development Seen at Greater Risk After Adoption of New Regulation
Jon Hurdle | July 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Planning
State planning commission gives towns three more years to build in areas that qualify for assistance -- even if they’re in danger of being flooded
Grid Reliability Will Cost Customers a Few Dollars More Per Month, PJM Claims
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2015 | Energy & Environment
New regulation, intended to keep lights on when demand for electricity peaks, will increase payments to power generators
Judge: Environmentalists, Lesniak Can’t Intervene in Exxon Mobil Case
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Decision asserts DEP’s involvement in case creates ‘presumption of adequate representation’ and that Democratic senator isn't needed
NJ Deemed in Good Shape to Implement Administration's Clean-Power Plan
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Report State should have fewer problems than neighbors reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, thanks to limited coal-fired generation
JCP&L Pushes Ahead With System Upgrades Designed to Boost Reliability
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State’s second-largest utility approaching halfway mark with total of 90 circuit enhancements planned
DEP, Exxon Mobil Move to Block Lesniak, ‘Green’ Groups From Joining Case
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
According to state agency, letting lawmakers and environmentalists intervene would ‘complicate and lengthen’ natural-resources damage suit
Pine Barrens Purchase Increases Size of Protected Tract to Over 10,000 Acres
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Conservation Foundation adds 473 acres to Franklin Parker Preserve
NJ’s Low-Income Families Could Get Solar, Thanks to Obama Administration
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Community-based solar could bring some sunshine to residents without roof space or capital to go it alone, but state Legislature needs to act
Agency Challenges Ruling Allowing Rate Hike for Basic Telephone Service
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU asked to reconsider decision that will increase cost of landline phones now used mostly by seniors and low-income residents
Climate-Change Report Cites Progress But Asserts Much More Needs to Be Done
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
NJ-based environmental-research group says goals can be achieved if state, federal officials don’t back off on clean-energy initiatives
Newly Issued Permits for Salem Nuclear Plants Mostly Maintain Status Quo
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists claim DEP action does little to stop deaths of billions of fish when water’s withdrawn from Delaware River
Bill to Curb Toxic Chemical in Drinking Water Awaits Decision by Christie
Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Classified by EPA as likely carcinogen, TCP levels remain unregulated in Garden State
Senate Advances Bill to Block Diversion of Money from Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | June 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Voters would be asked this November to mandate using funds only for environmental purposes, not to help balance state budget
Parent Company of JCP&L Wants to Spin Off Utility’s Transmission Assets
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2015 | Energy & Environment
FirstEnergy looks to create new enterprise with JCP&L assets, along with those from two Pennsylvania utilities
Panel Temporarily Delays Transfer of Green Acres Tract for Development
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2015 | Energy & Environment
DEP claims conveyance of 80 acres of protected property has potential to create 1,000 jobs
Lifting Cap on Net Metering Should Help Spur Solar Investments in Garden State
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Incentive lets residents and small businesses sell back solar-generated electricity they don’t use, defraying costs and making renewable energy a better buy
Legislators Want to Chop Another $20 Million from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Proposed cuts would be in addition to some $152 million already on the block in Christie’s budget
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