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NJ Lawmakers OK 5-Cent Fee on Plastic/Paper Carryout Bags
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If Murphy signs on, law could reduce clutter in landfills and landscapes, but it won’t deliver money to lead-abatement programs — as originally intended
Lawmakers Look to Divert Funds Before State Has Money in Hand
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A proposed 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags could bring in $23M for lead abatement, but the funds are being diverted — even before the new legislation is law
The RPA Wants to Welcome You to the Meadowlands National Park
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Regional Plan Association has seen the future of the Meadowlands — and its egrets, ospreys, and bald eagles — as a vast wetlands preserve
Does ‘Rain Tax’ Have a Chance of Staunching State’s Stormwater Runoff?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill voted out of key Senate committee would let towns and counties assess fees on sources of runoff to cover cost of managing stormwater
Could Climate Change Erode Real Estate Markets in Coastal New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If chronic flooding inundates New Jersey communities, homes could take a big hit, according to new report, as well as property taxes that fund schools and roads
ACE Seeks Rate Increase to Recoup Costs of Modernizing Its Power Grid
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU signs off on $99.7M filing, residential customers of Atlantic City Electric would see average monthly bill climb by about $11
Getting Lead Out of NJ’s Water Means First Finding How It’s Getting In
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Package of bills would require public water systems to compile list of lead service lines, public schools to maintain online database of lead-testing results
Is a Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Works for the Musconetcong River?
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Preliminary discussions between project developer and state and local officials explore building the plant on the state’s top trout stream
A Change of Name, Not Mission, for ‘Bank’ That Funds Clean Water Across NJ
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Under its new name, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will still loan money to stem pollution from sewage treatment, upgrade drinking-water systems
Lawmakers Look to Create Standard Penalties for Polluters
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
By developing a sliding scale for damage to natural resources, state would have a better chance to compel ‘bad actors’ to clean up pollution
PSE&G’s Next Big Ask: $2.5B to Upgrade Electric and Gas Distribution Networks
Tom Johnson | June 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility claims residential customers would see only small bumps in their monthly bills; money would go to boost resiliency, reliability, redundancy
Six Months into Murphy’s Term, Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Members
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2018 | Politics
One reason process lasted as long as it did: disagreements over school funding between Sweeney and Repollet, new commissioner of education
Trump Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal to Cost Consumers Billions?
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Families to ‘overpay’ hundreds of dollars a year for electricity if plan goes through. NJ supporters say it would help South Jersey economy
‘Greens’ Urge Murphy to Clamp Down on CO2 Emissions from Power Plants
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say state’s re-entry into RGGI offers opportunity to set ambitious cap on greenhouse-gas emissions
Smokers: Get the Hell Off the Beach (and Out of the Park)
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State moves to ban smoking at beaches and in public parks across New Jersey
Oyster Creek Shutdown Will Cost $1.4 Billion, Take 60 Years
Tom Johnson | June 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Decommissioning report to Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicates Exelon will initiate lengthy closure procedure mid-September
PSEG Plans to Spend More Than $5 Billion on Power Grid Upgrade, Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists that expenditures will not spike ratepayer’s bills, but Rate Counsel, others remain skeptical
Fishermen’s Energy Gets ‘Third Wind’ on Offshore Wind Pilot
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy signs bill requiring BPU to accept application from Fishermen’s, third time project will come before state agency
Will New Jersey Ban the Bag — or Impose 5-Cent Fee on Each One?
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
One piece of legislation would phase out plastic bags entirely, while another would charge consumers a nickel — with the money going toward lead abatement
Federal Agency Says NJ Must Bear Full Cost of $1.2B Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU argues reliability upgrade mandated by regional grid operator benefits New Jersey and New York, but FERC says Garden State must foot the bill
At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
Clean Sweep for PSEG: Gas Pipelines, Nuclear Subsidies, Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU pledges to be careful on costs to consumers, who will shoulder the burden of subsidies and infrastructure upgrades
New Drive to Finance Clean-Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Municipalities to arrange financing through lenders who would be repaid by special assessment on buildings where efficiency, storm shelters, flood-resistance were upgraded
Boost for NJ’s EV market with More Charging Stations, Consumer Rebates?
Tom Johnson | May 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up for debate: Expedited installation of plug-in stations across New Jersey for electric vehicles and up to $100 million a year in rebates for consumers
Acting DEP Commissioner McCabe Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many committee questions reflect disputes with prior administration headed by former Gov. Chris Christie
1981 Shore Protection Plan to Get Update to Match Today’s Realities
Tom Johnson | May 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sea-level rise, superstorms, shrinking salt marshes reflect changes in conditions since original plan was penned almost four decades ago
State Still Struggling with Stormwater Runoff, Can New Bill Help?
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pollution from stormwater runoff is a $15 billion problem that won’t go away. Stormwater utilities could help Garden State get a handle on the solution
Murphy Request Could Slow Development of Wind Farms off NJ, NY
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds
Offshore-Wind Developers Want More Details on State Straw Proposal
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Realizing the administration’s ambitious goal for offshore wind means working out a funding mechanism, long an impediment for developer schemes
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