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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
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
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
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
Explainer: Gauging the Future of Solar Energy in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Does the fall-off in solar installations and loss of jobs indicate a slowdown in the sector?
Trump Budget Cuts Could Leave Poor NJ Residents in the Cold
Tom Johnson | April 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The president’s proposed budget eliminates funding for LIHEAP, popular program that helps needy families pay utility bills
DEP’s Proposed Stewardship Program Would Help Protect NJ’s Forested Land
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency hopes to preserve critical tracts of privately owned woodlands by requiring professional stewardship for program participants
Did Argentinian Firm Bankrupt Subsidiary to Avoid $1.4B Cleanup?
Tom Johnson | April 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State wants YPF investigated to see if it drained Maxus Energy of resources to wiggle out of paying for Passaic River dioxin contamination
State, Audubon Hoping to Move Forward with Logging at Sparta Mountain
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If OK’d, plan would push ahead without certification of Forestry Stewardship Council
Coal-Fired B.L. England Power Plant to Stay in Service Another 2 Years
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PJM Interconnection says generating facility essential to reliability of power grid
State Strikes Drought Warning/Watch in All but Two Counties
Tom Johnson | April 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Below-normal water levels in reservoirs in Hunterdon and Somerset counties keep drought warning in place
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