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Moribund State Planning Commission Keeps Smart Growth in Limbo
Tom Johnson | April 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Who's protecting open spaces and farmland in the country's most intensively developed state?
Bill Would Make Public Access Condition of Shore Protection Projects
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
If public funding pays for project, measure would mandate public access to beaches, waterfronts -- including Sandy initiatives
The List: 10 Facts About Household Energy Usage in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment, The List
Larger houses, and older ones, help explain why almost half of energy expenditures go to home heating
Somerset County Town Compiles 'Hazard Inventory' to Curtail Power Outages
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Warren Township works with utilities, Rutgers to identify and resolve potential problems before next round of extreme weather
Christie Vetoes Minutes of Pinelands Commission, Slams 5 Percent Raise for Staff
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
In harsh veto message, governor accuses commissioners of "conscious disregard of the fiscal realities" of Pinelands and state of New Jersey
Along NJ Coast, Offshore Wind Developer Refuses to Quit Without a Fight
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Fishermen's Energy files motion of reconsideration with state BPU, arguing against agency decision to shut down pilot wind project
State Agencies Explore Initial Framework for Energy Resiliency Bank
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Low-interest loans and grants should help critical facilities deploy technology to stay in service even if grid is knocked out
Explainer: Trying to Find a Stable Source of Funds for Open-Space Preservation
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning, Explainer
Despite continued support from voters, open-space preservation is flat broke, and it may take a constitutional amendment to bring it back to life
'Energy Strong' Case Has Wider Implications for Regulators, Customers
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
How far will BPU go to limit PSE&G infrastructure spending, costs to ratepayers?
Solar Industry Snapshot: A Volatile Sector Still in Search of Stability
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Among solutions suggested by consultant, “Green Bank” to help finance new development -- or doing nothing
Tesla Appeals MVC Ruling That Stops It From Selling Cars Directly to Drivers
Tom Johnson | April 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Some clean-energy advocates wonder why state is trying to stop maker of luxury electric cars from selling vehicles in New Jersey
State Board of Public Utilities Takes Tougher Stance on Tree-Trimming
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Downed trees kept millions without power in wake of Sandy, other extreme weather
Profile: Former Basketball-Playing 'Dark Lord' of the Chemistry Industry Council
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Profiles
Hal Bozarth is one of the most effective lobbyists in Trenton, at least in part because he can forge alliances with apparent opponents
Sandy Action Plan Would Give Critical Sites Money They Can Bank On
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Energy Resiliency Bank would distribute federal funds to keep lights on at key facilities even if power grid goes down
Fine Print: New Legislation Aims to Put a Stop to Fracking Before It Begins
Tom Johnson | March 31, 2014 | Energy & Environment
While environmentalists and business interests wrangle over new measure, it has an interesting twist: It's sponsored by a Republican
Senate Committee Votes Out Bill That Would Require Return to RGGI
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Business interests claim rejoining regional initiative to lower greenhouse gases would drive up price of power in Garden State
State's Deal With Verizon On High-Speed Internet Service Finds Few Friends in NJ
Tom Johnson | March 27, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Cities, towns, rural communities -- as well as Division of Rate Counsel -- all argue that telecom company reneged on agreement to provide broadband to entire state
Appellate Panel Faults State DEP for Abolishing Rules on Greenhouse Gases
Tom Johnson | March 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Ruling does not require state to rejoin RGGI, could be opening move in much longer struggle over power-plant pollution
Lawmakers Look to Short-Circuit Ban on Sales of Tesla Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | March 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New legislation would allow Tesla to sell directly to customers, rather than going through franchised dealerships
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
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