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BPU Wants Utilities to Pay More Attention to Costs on Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other state regulators, federal agency to raise concerns about economic impact of transmission costs on consumers
Eleventh-Hour Compromise Could Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Deal could end ongoing argument between lawmakers and Christie that has stalled projects to preserve farmland, historic structures, undeveloped land
Averting Another Collapse in New Jersey’s Solar Sector
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A proposed commission would look at the fundamentals of the solar industry, including whether ratepayers should continue to subsidize it
Overriding Conditional Veto May Be Only Way to Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If the Legislature doesn’t act -- and act successfully -- there will once again be no money to preserve open space and historic structures
Restored Historic Terminal at Liberty State Park Reopens to Public
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It took four years and $20 million dollars to get the terminal back in shape after Hurricane Sandy literally blew through it
Some Customers in a ‘RAGE’ Over JCP&L’s Proposed New Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility argues 10-mile-long high-voltage line increases resiliency, but members of Residents Against Giant Electricity aren’t buying it
Giving Communities an Affordable Way to Finance Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Easy access to funds is part of the key, along with a special assessment on improved buildings, such as churches, schools, and factories
Christie’s Reasons for Kicking Back Open-Space Bill Under Scrutiny
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor claimed measure must also fund Blue Acres, but the DEP says that program has $120 million in its coffers
Legislature’s Revoking of DEP Water Rule One Vote Away From Reality
Tom Johnson | June 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If Senate passes resolution, state agency’s ‘flood-hazard rule’ will be rescinded using rarely invoked constitutional tool
State Program Helps Defray Costs of Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More charging stations should mean more alternative-fuel vehicles on the road, a key to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in Garden State
Opponents Ask Feds to Force PennEast to Prove Pipeline Is Really Needed
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A group opposing the pipeline has filed a complaint with FERC arguing New Jersey doesn’t need the natural gas that PennEast would deliver
PSEG Power Breaks Ground on Natural-Gas-Fired Plant in Sewaren
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company also raises substations knocked out by flooding during Sandy above federal flood guidelines
DEP Five Years Behind Schedule Ranking 10,000 Hazardous Waste Sites
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
According to a 2010 law, the agency was supposed to develop a ranking system to determine what order hazardous sites would be cleaned up
Explainer: Pooling State and Federal Funds to Keep NJ’s Water Clean
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2016 | Explainer
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust leverages available money to make low-interest loans to finance clean-water projects
DEP Says Salem Nuclear Good to Go Without Cooling Towers
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency issues final permits to PSEG Power, but environmentalists warn of massive fish kills
The List: Detailing the Diversions from the State's Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2016 | The List
Ten million here, a hundred million there: It’s not hard to see how total diversions over the past 10 years add up to more than $1.3 billion
Clean-Energy Straw Proposal Budget Comes in at $355 Million
Tom Johnson | June 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
As in recent years, a big slice of the funds -- at least $125 million -- is being diverted for other purposes
Showdown in the Offing over Controversial DEP Water Rule
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Legislature close to invoking never-used mechanism that will let it permanently revoke regulation
Feds Move to Protect Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in Delaware River
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups have long argued that refineries and fish kills from power plants have taken their toll on once-plentiful species
The First Step in Fixing NJ’s Solar Sector: Decide If and Where It’s Broken
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Solar advocates, developers, stakeholders, and lawmakers assess problems with the sector -- including if ratepayer subsidies are too high
Will NJ Consumers Be Hit with Zero-Emissions Surcharge for Nuclear?
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If nuclear is going to be a part of NJ’s zero-carbon mix, state may have to help power plants remain commercially viable
New York State May Soon Enter Race to Develop Offshore Wind Farms
Tom Johnson | June 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s efforts remain becalmed, with first turbines not expected to be operational before 2023
At Packed Highlands Hearing, Suspicion and Skepticism Run Deep
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Is a new rule proposal to allow more septic tanks the gateway to development or another threat to state’s drinking water?
Heating with Natural Gas Should Get Cheaper This Winter -- Again
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Good news for consumers and businesses, but conservationists concerned over increased consumption of fossil fuels
Cleaning Up the Recycling Sector by Forcing Out Organized Crime
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Lesniak calls for tough new licensing requirements similar to ones he wrote a decade ago for garbage and waste industry
State Turns Attention to Two More Contaminants Found in NJ Drinking Water
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
DEP wants Drinking Water Quality Institute to come up with recommended levels for PFOA and PFOS
Feds Urged to Suspend Review of PennEast Pipeline Proposal
Tom Johnson | May 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Garden State environmental organizations argue that PennEast has submitted flawed data about project’s impact on drinking water
Mob Tied to Fraudulent Recycling of Toxic Waste Material
Tom Johnson | May 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Loopholes in the law and nonexistent licensing requirements have opened the door to organized crime in the recycling sector
A More Reliable Power Grid Could Mean Lower Electricity Bills
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The grid operator’s capacity auction saw less demand being met by supplies of cheaper natural-gas-powered capacity
Christie Says ‘No-Go’ on Open-Space Funding, Second Time This Year
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor accuses preservation advocates of micromanaging assets by deciding where and when they’ll be disbursed
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