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Fine Print: Reading Between the Line Items in State DEP's Proposed Budget
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
A modest bump in spending should allow agency to hold onto staff in coming fiscal year
Legislators Bemoan 20-Year Delay in Adopting Water-Supply Master Plan
Tom Johnson | April 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Today’s outdated plan leaves state vulnerable to water shortages, doesn’t accurately account for pollution, and underestimates demand
PSEG Chief Counsels Bigger Investments in Developing Alternative Energy
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2015 | Energy & Environment
But taking funds from conventional sources of income could threaten utility’s bottom line, grid reliability
Advisory Council Thirsty for Look at Draft Water-Supply Master Plan
Tom Johnson | April 21, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Council hasn’t seen plan for two years, needs to evaluate revisions, effect of population growth on available water supply
JCP&L May Be On Collision Course with State Regulators Again
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU staff tasked with examining utility’s operations, finances, customer service -- and possibly the books
NJ's 'Stable' Source of Open-Space Funding: Let the Diversions Begin
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment
DEP defends administration’s plan to redirect $20 million from new program to pay salaries for park workers, routine maintenance
Administration Filed Just One Natural-Resources Damage Claim Before Exxon
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Acting attorney general defends proposed settlement, which has generated a whirlwind of controversy
State BPU Gives the Nod to PSE&G’s $95 Million Energy-Efficiency Initiative
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
NJ’s largest utility to concentrate efforts on hospitals, schools, apartment buildings, and small businesses
Federal Agency's Forecast Says U.S. Could Be Free of Energy Imports by 2020-2030
Tom Johnson | April 15, 2015 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Energy Information Administration see rise in natural gas, renewables, mirroring developments in New Jersey
Expand Emergency-Planning Zones Around Salem Nuclear Plants, Group Urges
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Bumping up radius of safety area from 10 to 50 miles will help ensure orderly evacuations if disaster hits, report asserts
Explainer: Clean Energy Program Promotes Use of Wind, Solar and Biofuels
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Progress is being made on clean energy, albeit slowly, but big advances are not likely under the current administration as funding dwindles
Power Grid Operator Argues for Controversial Proposal to Guarantee Capacity
Tom Johnson | April 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue that PJM plan could cost consumers billions -- in a state with some of the highest power prices in nation
NJ on Track to Meet 2020 Pollution Target -- 2050 Goals More Problematic
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Report from Rutgers maps greenhouse-gas emissions for industries, transportation, other sectors
Poor Would Benefit Most From Reducing Air Pollution, NRDC Report Says
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Cutting greenhouse-gas emissions will mean cheaper electricity, better health -- but critics argue fiercely against initiative
Firm Offers JCP&L Customers Chance to Switch to Wind-Generated Energy
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Green Mountain’s land-based wind farms generate clean power; expansion into PSE&G territory planned for next month
New Jersey's Incredible Shrinking $225 Million Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State could end up paying 20 percent of settlement to lawyers and diverting another $50M to the general fund -- not counting $5M in litigation fees
Federal Officials Delay Grid Operator’s Scheme to Beef Up Peak Power Capacity
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Worry is that proposal to address reliability issues could cause prices to spike
PSE&G Gets State's Go-Ahead to Spend $95 Million on Energy Efficiency Initiative
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility signs settlement pledging to curb energy consumption
Fine Print: Getting the Measure of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | March 31, 2015 | Energy & Environment
The administration encounters difficulties in trying meet goals it put in place in its 2011 energy strategy
Another Company Seeks OK to Pipe Cheap Natural Gas through New Jersey
Tom Johnson | March 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Transco wants to boost capacity of existing pipeline running from Central Jersey to Mississippi for markets in Southeast
Assembly Moves to Place Cap on Diversion of Funds from Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | March 27, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Bill could be a headache for administration by reducing how much money is available to plug holes in budget
Liquefied Natural-Gas Project Gets Cold Shoulder from Lawmakers, Christie
Tom Johnson | March 26, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue that Port Ambrose facility, located 20 miles off Monmouth Beach, would not serve New Jersey
Feds Ask Solicitor General to Review NJ’s Plan to Subsidize Power Plants
Tom Johnson | March 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Supreme Court request is unexpected; NJ proposal has been blocked at every turn by state and federal authorities
State Invests in Backup Storage for Solar Power and Wind Energy Systems
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU awards more than a dozen grants to develop and demonstrate energy storage for renewables
Plans to Divvy Up State's Open-Space Funds Continue to Raise a Clamor
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
There’s the Assembly proposal, the Senate plan, and the administration’s approach -- none of which satisfy all interested parties
State Assembly Committee Kicks Off Hearings into Disputed Exxon Mobil Deal
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Citing other commitments, individuals who helped draw up deal do not appear before panel
For JCP&L Customers, BPU Decision Means Small Dip in Monthly Bills
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Board pairs decision to reduce rates with one letting utility collect storm-restoration costs from Sandy, so customer savings smaller than expected
Senate Democrats to Christie: No Deal on Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Voting strictly along party lines, Democrats pass resolution to reject settlement in $8.9 billion lawsuit
Robert Barr Wins Seat on Pinelands Commission, After Some Political Arm-Twisting
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
First Senate vote goes against controversial candidate, second time does the trick -- without any debate
For JCP&L Customers, Torturous Road to Lower Rates May Be Nearing End
Tom Johnson | March 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU may decide three-year-old rate case involving state's second-largest utility this week
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