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Bill Would Require NJ to Rejoin Program to Curb Greenhouse Gases
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Measure would be third time Trenton lawmakers attempt to get clean-air initiative past Gov. Christie
Bill Would Ban Lighting Up at Public Parks and Beaches
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Backers contend that prohibiting smoking would safeguard public health, cut down on litter, and reduce threat of forest fires
BPU Pulls the Plug on New Jersey's Only Offshore Wind Project
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Agency cites high costs to consumers, doubts about financial viability as reasons for its not-unexpected move
Hoboken Explores Smart-Grid Technology to Keep Lights On in Extreme Storms
Caren Chesler | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment, More Issues
The city would basically build a power grid of its own, but critics argue project may be too complex, too costly
BPU Approves JCP&L's $736 Million Payout for Storm Recovery Costs
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Rate case to reduce utility's rates by $200 million still pending before administrative law judge
Draft Bill Sets Aggressive Goals for Renewable Energy, Power Consumption
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Measure would boost NJ's reliance on renewable energy to 80 percent by 2050, slash energy consumption by 30 percent at same time
Bill Earmarking Funds for Open-Space Preservation Clears Committee
Tom Johnson | March 18, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Measure would set aside 6 percent of corporate business taxes to protect NJ's open spaces over next three decades
Solar and Wind Will Have Little Effect on Electric Grid's Reliability, Report Says
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment
But grid operator pegs cost of upgrading transmission system at $14 billion, not counting new capacity to keep lights on during peak demand
Bill Wants Verizon to Go Slow With Wireless in Sandy-Struck Communities
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
One-year moratorium to determine if wireless is acceptable, affordable alternative for customers who've lost conventional service
State Regulators May Deep-Six Proposed Offshore Wind Farm
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2014 | Energy & Environment
The 25-megawatt pilot project developed by Fishermen's Energy has languished for three years, but its days may be numbered
Motor Vehicle Commission's New Rule May Drive Tesla Out of New Jersey
Tom Johnson | March 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Electric-car maker wants to sell directly to consumers, cutting out middlemen at retail auto malls
Congressman Holt Joins NJ Environmentalists in Calling for Ban on Fracking
Tom Johnson | March 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists worry that methane byproduct of controversial natural-gas drilling technique could pollute water supply for 15 million people
Explainer: Clearing the Air on Offshore Wind Along the Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The promise of offshore wind has long been deferred in the Garden State, but the technology could still generate jobs and renewable power
PSE&G Wants to Put Its Money -- and Its Customers' -- Into Building a Better Grid
Tom Johnson | March 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Company looking to invest $10 billion in utility projects rather than new power plants.
New Reports on Climate Change Could Bolster PSE&G's Rate Case
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
According to independent research, climate change puts serious strain on energy supplies, echoing utility's argument before BPU
Open-Space Financing Plan Could Mend Fences in Environmental Community
Tom Johnson | March 6, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would siphon funds from corporate business taxes, rather than digging into sales-tax revenue or floating a bond issue
New Measure Would Push State to Set More Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Calls to produce 30 percent of NJ's power from renewable sources could spark another round of debates between clean energy advocates and administration
New Rules from Federal EPA Could Help Clear the Smog That's Choking New Jersey
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2014 | Energy & Environment
The tougher standards restrict the amount of sulfur emitted by cars and trucks, potentially saving 2,000 lives a year, according to agency
Lawmakers Looking to Keep Wildfires From Setting NJ Woodlands Ablaze
Tom Johnson | March 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Bill would establish certification program for controlled burns, reducing risk of forest fires and better protecting lives and property
Bridgegate Gets Dirtier: Air-Quality Monitor Was Offline During Traffic Jam
Tom Johnson | February 28, 2014 | Energy & Environment, More Issues
Readings from other instruments reveal unhealthy levels of particulates from stalled cars, trucks, buses
Sandy Action Plan Targets Damage to Water and Wastewater Facilities
Tom Johnson | February 27, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Sandy
But even leveraging federal aid leaves recovery efforts woefully short of funds
JCP&L Gets Closer to Recovering $736 Million in Storm Restoration Costs
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
But outcome of Jersey Central Power & Light rate case remains uncertain
Great Divide Still Separates Proponents and Critics of PSE&G's ‘Energy Strong’
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Skeptics question the sheer size of the $2.6 billion proposal, want to know how it will affect ratepayers
Controversial Bill Could Permit Commercial Logging of State Forests
Tom Johnson | February 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Measure deeply divides environmental community, though both sides agree better forest management is needed
Bill Would Make Power Restoration at Hospitals a Priority
Tom Johnson | February 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Assembly panel votes out measure to ensure that healthcare facilities are back in business as soon as possible after an extreme storm
The List: Tallying Up New Jersey’s 10 Biggest Power Plants
Tom Johnson | February 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment, The List
Which companies and facilities generate the power that keeps the lights on at homes and businesses across the Garden State?
Transmission Playing Larger Part in PSE&G Plans -- and Customer Bills
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment
In earnings call, PSEG chief says transmission projects now account for more than one-third of its utility's business
BPU Weighs New Tree-Trimming Policy to Cut Down On Outages
Tom Johnson | February 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Falling trees and branches can take out a power line, leaving customers in the dark for days on end
As Temperatures Drop, Energy Prices Climb for Third-Party Suppliers
Tom Johnson | February 19, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Customers not locked into fixed-rate contracts see bills rise, despite promises of cheaper power
Frigid Weather Means Higher Prices for Power Suppliers in Jersey, Other States
Tom Johnson | February 18, 2014 | Energy & Environment
With subarctic cold driving up cost of natural gas, feds approve petition to let power companies pass some of those costs along to customers