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Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?

Tom Johnson | October 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment

Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own

As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore

Tom Johnson | October 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out
Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact
Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas
State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions
Another Regional Initiative, This One for Zero-Emission Vehicles
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
An eight-state effort wants to help reduce pollution from the transportation sector, NJ’s biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions
Ballot Question Closer to Stop Raiding of Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers and environmentalists see constitutional amendment as only way to keep natural-resources settlements from being siphoned off
After Years of Urging, Christie Puts Barnegat Bay on Pollution Diet
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists approve the move, but some feel bay and aquatic life would be in better shape had he acted earlier, when he had the chance
DEP Wants Public Input on Spending NJ’s Share of VW Settlement
Tom Johnson | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is in line to get $72.2 million to help clean up air pollution in the transportation sector
‘Greens’ Say Highlands Council Trying to Stifle Public Comment
Jon Hurdle | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Council says rules ensure that discussions on updated regional plan take place in public
Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
After six years on the outside, after being yanked by Gov. Christie, the Garden State is almost certain to rejoin regional initiative in near future
The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow
NJ Spotlight Staff | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight/State Impact PA event takes a closer look at resource that provides drinking water to millions
Will Trump Administration Give PSEG — Other Utilities — Nuclear Subsidies?
Tom Johnson | October 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Letter to FERC says value of baseload plants that produce power all the time is not accurate reflection of their role
Getting to 2030 Renewable Levels Without Going Broke
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Aggressively ramping up renewable energy could help state halve carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, new report asserts
Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hotter summers, more extreme storms, increased flooding — a statewide dialogue hopes to hammer out a climate-change policy for the Garden State
Climate-Change and Clean-Energy To-Do List for Next Governor
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two dozen state leaders have prepared a plan to help next administration get right to work cleaning up New Jersey’s environment
Some Residents Will See Small Uptick in Heating Bills Next Month
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New rates reflect generally rising costs of natural gas because of increased demand
New Jersey’s Solar Sector Is Thriving: Now Let’s Fix It
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU to launch industry study, review if current structure has outlived its usefulness, should be replaced
New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury
State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted
Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas
Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns
Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend
Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve
Coalition Hopes to Usher in Era of Electric Vehicles in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ambitious ‘roadmap’ wants to see 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025; 2 million by 2035
Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Ahead on Rules to Ban Fracking
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalist greet ban with approval, but are less pleased with regulations that will address how fracking wastewater will be disposed of in the region
Sunny Outlook for NJ’s Solar Sector, Which Continues to Add Capacity
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
One possible shadow on horizon: changes to the way state promotes this form of reusable energy
DRBC Acts to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But environmentalists unhappy with move to regulate fracking wastewater
Beach Replenishment Moves Ahead After Homeowners’ Challenge Rebuffed
Kirk Moore | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bay Head decision is one more boost for the Christie administration’s push to engineer wider beaches and dunes all along the state’s 127-mile ocean coast
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