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Critics of Energy Master Plan Make Opinions Heard at Public Hearing
Tom Johnson | August 12, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU argues plan is delivering on its promise, but speakers fault state for relying too much on natural gas, too little on renewable energy
Bill Could Mean More Money to Small Businesses, Residents with Solar Panels
Tom Johnson | August 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Christie signs law that increases cap on net metering, letting New Jersey residents earn more for electricity their solar panels produce
First Public Hearing on State Energy Master Plan Scheduled for Tomorrow
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Making state plan mesh better with Obama proposal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions likely to be on agenda
Rate Counsel Files With FCC to Block Verizon Switch to Fiber-Optic System
Tom Johnson | August 6, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Division claims telecom giant’s moving subscribers from copper without telling them; subscribers worry about loss of service during outages
Power-Grid Operator Pledges to Work Closely With Natural-Gas Sector
Tom Johnson | August 5, 2015 | Energy & Environment
PJM agreement seeks to ensure reliability as coal-fired plants are phased out and more gas-fired units are built
State Will Be Hard-Pressed to Comply With Obama Climate-Change Plan
Tom Johnson | August 4, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Gov. Christie derides administration’s new rule to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions as ‘overregulation’
Verizon Workers Walk Away from Contract Talks But Agree to Stay on the Job
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Unions end round-the-clock bargaining with telecom giant, claiming company is not seriously committed to finding solutions
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
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