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NJ, NY at Odds Over Delaware River Water Allocations
NJTV News Online | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey wants millions more gallons of water a day. The challenge is to convince New York, which controls the spigot
Without Subsidies, Three Mile Island Could Go Dark, Operator Asserts
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In an argument that mirrors the one made by PSEG, Exelon says it can’t afford to keep TMI in service without help from Pennsylvania ratepayers
PSEG Power Retires Two Biggest Coal-Burning Plants in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Shuttering the plants follows a national trend, as cleaner, cheaper natural gas supplants coal across the country
GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Divided on Energy, Environment
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017
Guadagno favors regional approach to greenhouse-gas emissions; for Ciattarelli, a national program makes more sense
Lawmakers Push Back on Development in Highlands, Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In two votes along mostly party lines Democrats block more septic tanks in the Highlands, and position the Garden State to rejoin RGGI
PSEG Chief Wants Customers to Use Less Energy, Without Taking Financial Hit
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Izzo’s message: there are ‘billions’ to be made from energy efficiency, while industry and regulators squabble ‘over tens of millions’
NJ Customers Can Expect to Pay More as Power Prices Spike in Capacity Auction
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PSEG Power’s decision to retire two coal-burning plants contributes to steep increase, along with continuing problems of congestion on the grid
Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As is becoming increasingly common with environmental efforts, backers are looking beyond Christie administration for success
Verizon Settles in South Jersey, Promising Clearer Lines, Speedier Internet | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Telecom giant agrees to give customers in South Jersey what they’ve been asking for: better service over copper landlines and Fios upgrades where possible
2018 Budget Plan Puts Cleaning Up Brownfields Above Easing Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites
Assembly Panel Looks to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration
Tom Johnson | May 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in kids, can cause nausea and other conditions in adults
Sarlo Airs Concerns About Nuclear Subsidies at Budget Committee Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president Mroz favors regional approach to problem, rather than a state-by-state solution
Push to Make Diversions from Clean Energy Fund Unconstitutional
Tom Johnson | May 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Advocates disagree over whether siphoning should be shut down immediately or allowed to continue on a limited basis for five-year phase-out
Consumer Advocates Question BPU Scheme to Streamline Grid Upgrades
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue against giving utilities the opportunity to push through infrastructure projects with minimal review and collect on investments more quickly
Constitutional Amendment to Stop Diverting Clean Energy Funds?
Tom Johnson | May 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
For some environmentalists, an amendment won’t be on the books fast enough. They want lawmakers and governor to cease and desist immediately
As FERC Moves Closer to Quorum, ‘Greens’ Hope State DEP Will Block PennEast
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Thus far, FERC lacks power of eminent domain needed to complete DEP’s permitting process
Moody’s: Glut of Cheap Natural Gas Could Depress Prices, Challenge Suppliers
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Investment house cautions cheap gas from Marcellus Shale could speed shutdown of coal plants, boost pressure for nuclear subsidies
State Allocates $59 Million for Open Space, Recreational Facilities
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money is first to come from 2014 constitutional amendment to use portion of corporate business taxes to protect undeveloped land, finance recreational projects
Court Overrules DEP Permit to Discharge Wastewater in Highlands
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appellate remands paperwork to DEP, arguing it did not properly follow regulations when issuing original permit
Senate Starts to Sketch Out How to Use $64.3M Volkswagen Settlement
Tom Johnson | May 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
High on list, reducing pollution in transportation sector with zero-emission vehicles, cutting back dirty diesel emissions at ports
BPU Taken to Task for Raiding Clean Energy Fund — Just Like Last Year
Tom Johnson | May 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Christie administration, with cooperation of Legislature, has siphoned off $1.5 billion from fund over governor’s two terms
At DEP Budget Hearing, Worries About Cuts in Federal Aid
Tom Johnson | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Questions raised whether state agency can continue to protect NJ’s land, water, and air if Trump administration takes a scalpel to federal environmental budget
Long-Awaited Plan for Management of Water Resources in New Jersey
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two decades in the making, the state’s Water Supply blueprint finally has been updated to the surprise of many who thought Christie administration would run out the clock on it
Legislature, Administration Bump Heads on Highlands Development
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
DEP rule would boost number of septic systems; lawmakers argue that is against original intent of law protecting 800,000-acre preserve
PSEG Warns Shutting Down Nuclear Units Could Drive Up Power Prices
Tom Johnson | May 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company head continues to sound drumbeat for nuclear subsidies, even though plants will remain profitable through 2019
BPU Wants to Ease Regulatory Review to Spur Grid Upgrades
Tom Johnson | April 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates question need for program, since many power and gas utilities are already committed to making infrastructure more resilient
DEP Kicks Back PennEast Permit Application, Citing Missing Data
Tom Johnson | April 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of project hope setback will delay pipeline into 2018, when NJ will have a new governor
DEP Could Go Toe to Toe with Legislature over Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Department wants to open preserve to greater development, claiming water quality would not be adversely affected
Residents Want to Keep Natural Gas Compressor Out of Somerset County
NJTV News Online | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Spokesman for operator says people will hardly notice it’s there, but locals fear noise and pollution at the very least
PennEast Runs into More Permit Snags with Another Federal Agency
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Army Corps of Engineers says PennEast application is incomplete because it didn’t secure permission to conduct detailed environmental surveys
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