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Rains Ease Drought Worries for Now, but Officials Warn of Potential Water Shortage
Jon Hurdle | July 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Only region that has seen precipitation at or above normal levels is coastal south, including Cumberland and Cape May counties
Should Consumers Pay Surcharge to Help Defray Cost of Nuclear Energy?
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PSEG argues that nuclear units should be awarded zero-emission credits, similar to those used to subsidize solar, another carbon-free source of power
Air Pollution from Power Plants Eases Overall, but CO2 Levels Remain High
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey ranked 37th in total carbon-dioxide emissions by tons, a notable achievement given its population and high consumption of electricity
New Rules Make Rooftop Solar Safer for Firefighters
NJTV News Online | July 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Older arrays can make it tough to access the roof, create electrocution risk
Verizon Customers in South Jersey Finally Get Hearings to Air Gripes
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Longstanding complaints contend that company’s traditional phone network is plagued by outages and not fast enough for high-speed Internet service
Senator Creates Task Force to Keep NJ Utilities Out of a ‘Death Spiral’
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decoupling volume sales from profits may be the only out in a world where energy efficiency and alternative sources of power are becoming order of day
Critics of Highlands Development Plan Step Up Attacks on DEP
Jon Hurdle | July 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would quadruple number of septic systems in forested areas of region, which serves as water supply for some 5 million people
Environmentalists Challenge Grid Operator’s New ‘Reliability’ Regulation
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue rule will drive up prices to consumers and encourage the use of fossil fuels to detriment of clean-energy alternatives
Next Frontier for Regional Planning: The Ocean off Mid-Atlantic States
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State and federal agencies, Native American tribes, join together to plan for effective sharing and management of ocean resources
State’s High Court Lays Down New Law on Liability for Toxic Exposure
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In unanimous decision, court rules that liability under certain circumstances may extend beyond worker’s spouse
Three Heavy Hitters Want to Join Pinelands Pipeline Suit on the ‘Green’ Side
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Former governors Byrne, Florio, and Whitman file amicus brief asking to join litigation against BPU
Do Energy Conservation, Renewables Mean Utilities Must Earn Less?
Tom Johnson | July 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The Legislature again turns it attention to decoupling, which could sever the bond between selling more energy and making greater profits
Task Force to Get Its Hands Wet Assessing NJ’s Aging Water System
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Outdated infrastructure, water-quality issues to be addressed in six-month period given to recommending short- and long-term solutions
Drinking Water Panel Delays Recommending Safe Limit on Toxic Chemical
Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Just the latest in a series of delays on urgent matters of public health, environmental advocates say
Elizabethtown Gas Gets New Parent, Customers Get $40 One-Time Credit
Tom Johnson | June 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Move gives new parent, coal-reliant Southern Co., foothold in natural-gas sector
BPU Wants Utilities to Pay More Attention to Costs on Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other state regulators, federal agency to raise concerns about economic impact of transmission costs on consumers
Eleventh-Hour Compromise Could Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Deal could end ongoing argument between lawmakers and Christie that has stalled projects to preserve farmland, historic structures, undeveloped land
Averting Another Collapse in New Jersey’s Solar Sector
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A proposed commission would look at the fundamentals of the solar industry, including whether ratepayers should continue to subsidize it
New Jersey’s Nuclear Imperative
Ralph Izzo | PSEG | June 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
The best path would be to develop an economic model that encourages a diverse set of energy sources while recognizing the environmental benefits of retaining the state’s nuclear plants.
Overriding Conditional Veto May Be Only Way to Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If the Legislature doesn’t act -- and act successfully -- there will once again be no money to preserve open space and historic structures
Restored Historic Terminal at Liberty State Park Reopens to Public
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It took four years and $20 million dollars to get the terminal back in shape after Hurricane Sandy literally blew through it
Some Customers in a ‘RAGE’ Over JCP&L’s Proposed New Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility argues 10-mile-long high-voltage line increases resiliency, but members of Residents Against Giant Electricity aren’t buying it
Giving Communities an Affordable Way to Finance Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Easy access to funds is part of the key, along with a special assessment on improved buildings, such as churches, schools, and factories
Christie’s Reasons for Kicking Back Open-Space Bill Under Scrutiny
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor claimed measure must also fund Blue Acres, but the DEP says that program has $120 million in its coffers
Legislature’s Revoking of DEP Water Rule One Vote Away From Reality
Tom Johnson | June 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If Senate passes resolution, state agency’s ‘flood-hazard rule’ will be rescinded using rarely invoked constitutional tool
State Program Helps Defray Costs of Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More charging stations should mean more alternative-fuel vehicles on the road, a key to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in Garden State
Opponents Ask Feds to Force PennEast to Prove Pipeline Is Really Needed
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A group opposing the pipeline has filed a complaint with FERC arguing New Jersey doesn’t need the natural gas that PennEast would deliver
PSEG Power Breaks Ground on Natural-Gas-Fired Plant in Sewaren
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company also raises substations knocked out by flooding during Sandy above federal flood guidelines
DEP Five Years Behind Schedule Ranking 10,000 Hazardous Waste Sites
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
According to a 2010 law, the agency was supposed to develop a ranking system to determine what order hazardous sites would be cleaned up
Mixed-Use Development Project to Rise on Plainfield ‘Brownfield’
Joe Tyrrell | June 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Thirty million dollar project announced by Mayor Mapp largest in city in at least 40 years
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