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Wind Power in New Jersey: How Big and How Soon?
Tom Johnson | August 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New report suggests Garden State is uniquely placed to make hay with wind, but critics have doubts and developers say state must push the process
Move in Congress to Weaken Clean Water Act Could Have Big Impact in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of PennEast pipeline say if law is revamped, it would make it ‘extremely difficult’ to fight such projects
Owner Guilty of ‘Extreme’ Violation of Law that Preserves NJ Farmland
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supreme Court rules that alterations to field destroyed it for other agricultural uses, criticizes state for failing to give clear guidelines on what’s allowed on preserved agricultural land
FERC Rebuffs Requests to Reconsider Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents to take their case to federal courts, where they believe they have still a chance to stop the natural-gas project
Map Zeroes in on Pollution in Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A new interactive map shows threats, old and new, to vital water source. It underlines challenges that remain for river that ‘has come back from the brink’
Federal Court Blocks EPA From Rolling Back Pesticide Ban
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court says federal agency can’t ease restrictions on chlorpyrifos, so New Jersey doesn’t have to enact its own prohibition
Another Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Pipeline for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
CPV seeks approvals to build a second plant adjacent to its current unit, but environmentalists argue project flies in face of clean-energy goals
State Advised to Reject PSE&G Clawback of Revenues from Customers
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Expert testifies against utility’s request to recover monies lost helping people reduce their use of energy
Third Try for Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | August 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Turned down twice for being too costly, small clean-energy project is proposed once again for three miles off Jersey Shore
Federal Move Could Undermine Murphy Clean-Energy Policies
Tom Johnson | August 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Ruling by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that state subsidies of nuclear and renewable energy are ‘unjust and unreasonable’ could unravel range of NJ energy initiatives
Trump Clean-Car Rollback Could Mean Dirtier Air for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Administration’s move to freeze tougher fuel-efficiency standards may make it much harder for state to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, diminish air pollution
State Goes after Polluters for Cleanup Costs, Most Aggressive Action in Years
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
‘We are demanding our money back,’ says Attorney General when announcing lawsuits for cleanup and restoration
Sale of Oyster Creek Could Speed Up Decommissioning by Decades
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists happy nuclear power facility would be cleaned up faster than originally planned, but concerned about details
Court Approves Green-Acres Swap to House Carousel in Seaside Heights
Tom Johnson | July 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists tried to block trade, which brings almost 70 acres of land to municipality, by arguing Green Acres property should not be ‘diverted into private hands’
EPA Tried to Ease Rule on Truck Pollution but Backs Off — For Now
Tom Johnson | July 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency will enforce regulation that curbs pollution from diesel trucks after court sides with several states, including New Jersey. But skirmishing expected to continue
AG Challenges Federal Agency for Inadequate Review of Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gurbir Grewal among several attorneys general critical of FERC’s decision to not take climate change into account in certification process
Wind Farms for the Jersey Shore — State Outlines a Critical Rule
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities explains key funding mechanism for offshore-wind projects. Developers are keen, but some clean-energy advocates chide agency for lack of specifics
BPU Orders Utilities to Do Better Job Keeping Lights on During Big Storms
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency directives include better sharing of crews outside franchise areas and improved communication with customers about restoration efforts
NJ Makes Move to Bring Solar Power to Communities that Have Been Locked Out
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has given billions of dollars in ratepayer subsidies for solar systems, largely to benefit the better-off. It’s now pushing to include less affluent residents
Murphy CVs Bill Forcing Divestiture from Companies Dodging Superfund Cleanups
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Legislation targets pension-fund investments. Governor says divestiture should be one option among several afforded to State Investment Council
BPU Goes Giddyup as Murphy Wants NJ on Fast Track to Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Traditional speed of state agency has been plodding, but now it’s been pitched into leadership role in rapidly changing energy sector
Offshore Wind Hits Early Turbulence: Who Will Bring the Power Ashore?
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Battle erupts over who will deploy lucrative transmission lines to reach customers, pitting wind developers against transmission companies
Former EPA Official to Lead Highlands Council
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appointment seen as move by governor to reshape body that oversees environmentally sensitive region
Federal Court Stops EPA From Easing Rules on Truck Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Temporary stay blocks agency from lifting limits on glider trucks, whose rebuilt engines can spew 40 times more pollution than today’s engines
It Was Once a Superfund Site, Now It’s a Solar Farm
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transformation of former landfill in South Brunswick emblematic of governor’s plan to greatly increase renewable energy in NJ. But, can more developers be enticed to invest in solar?
Court Upholds Fine for Unlicensed Transportation of Solid Waste
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dirt hauler delivered solid waste to Old Bridge development instead of supplying ‘clean fill.’ The waste contained a known carcinogen
JCP&L Wants Approval for $400M Upgrades to Its Grid
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility, criticized by governor for poor performance during winter storms, says it needs rate increase to carry out thousands of improvements. Advocates fear consumers will pay more
Big ‘Ecological Impact’ to Follow Removal of Warren County Dam
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multimillion-dollar project to clear away Columbia Lake Dam gears up. Will shad and other species come back to restored habitat?
Go/No-Go for Power Plant on One of NJ’s Most Pristine Waterways
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP gives exemption to proposed development in Highlands, but also deems project inconsistent with water-quality regulations
Energy Official Threatens New Jersey Brexit from PJM Regional Power Grid
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities president unhappy with ‘lip service’ and decisions that lead to NJ customers paying more for electricity
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