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Explainer: Managing Growth While Protecting Garden State’s Water Quality
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The DEP claims its new sewer-planning proposal gives local authorities more say in the process, but environmentalists call it another rollback
New Jersey Steers Clear of New Initiative to Reduce Transportation Pollution
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Despite participation of five states in region, state DEP dismisses program, claiming it will increase costs for motorists
DEP Releases Report on Opening Liberty State Park to Developers
Tom Johnson | November 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Among the options being considered: hotel, amphitheater, amusement park, restaurant, indoor sports arena, and marina
Longtime Advocate’s Mission: Keeping the Ocean and NJ Coastline Clean
Tom Johnson | November 25, 2015 | Profiles
Cindy Zipf, the full-time coordinator of Clean Ocean Action, says that the Jersey Shore is in her DNA
PSE&G Credit Means Lower Heating Bills for Customers in Cold Months
Tom Johnson | November 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Credit -- the fourth in as many years -- will cut typical residential bills by about 30 percent
Draft Energy Master Plan Credits Lower Prices on Increased Use of Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | November 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists disappointed that plan doesn’t boost renewable-energy goals, dismisses offshore wind outright
Coalition Hopes to Pressure Christie Administration Into Releasing New Water Plan
Tom Johnson | November 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Concerned that current plan is 20 years out-of-date, group wants governor’s office to publish plan it’s been sitting on for a year
NRC Takes Step Toward Allowing Fourth Nuclear Plant in Salem County
Tom Johnson | November 19, 2015 | Energy & Environment
In its Environmental Impact Statement, federal agency finds no substantive barriers to adding nuclear facility to the three already in place
Agency Awards Contract to Firm to Oversee State’s Clean Energy Program
Tom Johnson | November 18, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU hopes that three-year, $25 million contract will help make it easier, more efficient to award grants and incentives
Assembly Panel Seeks to Pull Plug on State DEP’s Water Regulations
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Committee passes resolution to prevent new rule from being adopted; approval by full Assembly would sink proposal
Utility Investments in Natural-Gas Infrastructure Will Mean Higher Prices
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Residential customers of New Jersey Natural Gas could see monthly bills jump by 24 percent -- but probably not before 2017
New York Governor Pulls Plug on Port Ambrose LNG Natural-Gas Terminal
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Cuomo moves first to scuttle project, although Christie also had opportunity to veto plans to build a deepwater port off coasts of NJ and NY
Appeals Judge Upholds BPU’s Decision to Block Solar Farm in Apple Orchard
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Developers contended site qualified as brownfield -- and for solar credits -- because it had been contaminated by pesticides
Christie Conditionally Vetoes Bill on Renewable Energy, Resiliency
Tom Johnson | November 12, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Legislation would have made it easier, more affordable for building owners to install solar panels, increase energy efficiency of their property
New Jersey’s First Two Offshore Wind Leases Go to High Bidders in Auction
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Though wind farms off the Jersey coast have long proved elusive, their turbines could ultimately power 1.2 million homes
Deepwater LNG Port Passes Final Review -- Will NJ or NY Governor Shut it Down?
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Liberty Natural Gas proposes building a deepwater LNG terminal almost 30 miles off the New Jersey coast. Will controversial project get the go-ahead?
Building PennEast Pipeline Will Not Deliver Promised Jobs, Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | November 5, 2015 | Energy & Environment
New study argues that natural-gas company significantly overestimates number of jobs, economic benefits to NJ
More Than 1,440 Seek Permission to Join FERC's PennEast Gas-Pipeline Case
Tom Johnson | November 3, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Company says number of interveners is not unusual in hearings of this type, notes some project proponents want to intervene as well
The List: NJ Locales with the Highest Amount of Toxic Chemical Releases
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2015 | The List
Nearly 11 million pounds of harmful substances entered the state’s environment in 2013, according to latest data
NJ Public Wants Renewable Clean Power, Not Cheap Natural Gas, Poll Finds
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Results come amid growing backlash against growing number of pipeline projects, especially those crossing public lands
NJ Lags Far Behind in Number of Electric Vehicles on Road, Report Says
Tom Johnson | October 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
To drive up popularity of zero-emission vehicles, states need to offer incentive programs, widely available charging stations
At State House Rally, ‘Greens’ Vow to Fight Back Against DEP Rollbacks
Tom Johnson | October 28, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists claim new agency rule proposal will open up parts of the Highlands to greater development, threaten water supply
NJ Falling Behind Other States in Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Report Says
Tom Johnson | October 27, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State slips two spots to 21st, according to scorecard, loses points for clinging to old business model for utilities, diverting clean-energy funds
New Jersey Signs On to Suit Challenging Legality of EPA Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | October 26, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Christie administration argues rule change unlawfully extends power of federal agency
Senate Overrides DEP Rules Seen as Hurting Water Quality, Increasing Flooding
Tom Johnson | October 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Bipartisan vote confirms lawmakers agree proposal clashes with legislative intent of earlier environmental laws
Ruling Palisades a ‘National Treasure,’ Decision May Help Protect Views and Vistas
Tom Johnson | October 22, 2015 | Energy & Environment
In rejecting a plan to build an office tower that would have loomed over the Palisades, court says zoning board failed to consider visual impact
Maryland Use of Subsidies to Build Power Plants Goes to U.S. Supreme Court
Tom Johnson | October 21, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Ruling could have effect on virtually identical issue that’s led to litigation in New Jersey
Senate Panel's Move Could Force DEP to Roll Back Water-Quality Rules
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Senate Environment and Energy Committee argues that DEP proposals violate intent of earlier water-protection laws
Elizabethtown Gas to Go to Southern as Part of $12B AGL Acquisition
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2015 | Energy & Environment
If BPU approves Elizabethtown deal, Southern would become second-largest utility in United States
NJ Launches Pilot to Boost Investor Confidence in Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State is first participant in national program to pinpoint energy-efficiency ROI for midsize commercial buildings, multifamily housing
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