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BPU Considers Deploying Microgrids to Deliver Local Power Resiliency
Tom Johnson | December 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Power outages related to grid failures can affect millions of residents; microgrids can keep critical facilities up and running in towns and communities
Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The most vexing difficulty with water system may be where to find the money to fix wasteful problems
PSE&G Gets Go-Ahead on Smaller Solar Plan, But Splits Vote at BPU
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some critics of settlement raise concerns that utility has unregulated affiliate building solar farms without ratepayer assistance
JCP&L Files with Feds, Seeking to Boost Transmission Rates
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agencies argue increase will put undue pressure on customers trying to meet their monthly bills
Fine Print: Getting a Handle on New Jersey’s Tire Dumps
Tom Johnson | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Despite existing law, tire piles continue to proliferate, potentially damaging the environment and offering a breeding ground to mosquitoes
State Hopes to Establish Prices for Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Standards could help ensure compensation is adequate and fair, prevent funds being raided for use in general budget
State Frees Up $67M for Open Space, Recreation Projects
Tom Johnson | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money represents first to come from stable source of funding approved by voters in 2014
Digging into the Problem of Electronic-Waste Recycling
Tom Johnson | November 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Can New Jersey get makers of TVs, computers, and other electronic gear to pay their fair share of recycling costs?
No Oil and Gas Drilling, Exploration in Mid-Atlantic — Obama
Tom Johnson | November 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ environmentalists applaud decision, but worry President-elect Trump could find way to subvert administration’s order
Next Superstorm Could Drive Flood Surges Even Higher in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | November 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Hurricane Sandy did almost incalculable damage to north and south, but it took an essentially northern route on its track of destruction
Can Short-Term Fix to Solar Sector Help Stave off Potential Collapse?
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Increasing reliance on the renewable technology could stabilize downward trend in market, but Division of Rate Counsel raises questions about costs
Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service
NJ Hopes to Ease Range Anxiety by Boosting Number of EV Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | November 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One plan would put charging stations at every service area on state’s toll roads to build out infrastructure for electric vehicles
Trapping Season Starts Tuesday with Foothold Trap OK’d by Court
Tom Johnson | November 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
According to ruling by the appellate court, Division of Fish and Game correct in concluding new traps are neither cruel nor inhumane
Feds Push Back Review of PennEast Pipeline Project into 2017
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also wants pipeline company to submit new data and make corrections to its application
Solar Storage Pilot Could Increase Reliability During Extreme Storms
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PSE&G solar system uses lithium ion batteries to deliver power to school if grid goes down
Pinelands Pipeline Hits Snag, Sent Back to Commission, BPU
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State appeals court remands project to Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities for proper approval
NJ to Be Part of National Network of ‘Charging Corridors’ for EVs
Tom Johnson | November 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal program hopes to overcome range anxiety for electric vehicles by ultimately locating charging stations every 50 miles along Interstates 80 and 95
Making Sure Pollution Settlements Go to Restoring Natural Resources
Tom Johnson | November 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposed constitutional amendment would prevent damages from environmental lawsuits from being diverted to the general fund
New Electric-Vehicle Coalition Writing Map to Get EVs on Road in NJ
Tom Johnson | November 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
ChargEVC hopes to tackle the tough questions, like how a statewide vehicle-charging system will affect the power grid
PSE&G Will Move Ahead with Grid-Connected Solar Array on Smaller Scale
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility gets the nod for $80M, 33-megawatt array, sharply lower than $275M, 100-megawatt facility originally proposed
ACE Customers Reap Second Benefit from Exelon Buyout of Pepco Holdings
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Original deal had ‘most-favored jurisdiction’ clause ensuring ratepayers would receive equal benefits as those in other states affected by agreement
Lessons of Sandy Not Lost on Utilities Seeking to Spend More on Resiliency
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
South Jersey Gas wants state approval of $500 million upgrade to its gas distribution system; PSE&G will disclose plans next year
Hurricane Sandy Survivors Face a New Threat — from the State
Tom Johnson | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Demands for repayment of grants used for rebuilding, threats of foreclosure are only two of the troubles Sandy victims now have to deal with
Switching to Electric Vehicles Could Save State $4B by 2050
Tom Johnson | October 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Breaking transportation sector of the gasoline habit could also reduce asthma attacks, visits to emergency rooms, and premature deaths
NJ Must Reduce Global-Warming Pollution in Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | October 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Getting low-carbon vehicles on the road is imperative, but the roadblock remains the lack of charging stations for electric cars and trucks
Fundamental Changes in Power Industry Will Change Life in NJ, Northeast
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One of most significant benefits of this transformation: Lower greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to global warming
At DEP Drought Hearing, Repeated Calls for State Water Plan
Tom Johnson | October 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency says updated plan isn’t ready for release, but state has all the tools it needs to fight water shortage
State Poised to Issue First Drought Warning in More Than a Decade
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today’s public hearing of Department of Environmental Protection will document drought conditions in more than a dozen north and central New Jersey counties
State Not Doing Enough to Protect Poor from Pollution, Advocates Argue
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight on Cities conference, environmental justice session explores how to better serve minority communities, poor urban centers
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