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New Jersey: No Plan to Comply with Federal Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | April 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proponents of EPA policy say state is risking chance that feds will step in and draft regulations to ensure compliance with law
Jersey Central Power & Light Seeks to Boost Rates by $142 Million in 2017
Tom Johnson | April 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility’s typical residential customer would see monthly bills bumped by about $5.60, or 6 percent
What Will It Take to Repair New Jersey’s Ailing Water Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | April 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Lead is just the most publicized of several serious problems; meanwhile, costs for consumers continue to climb
Company Scuttles Plan to Moor Commercial Barges off Liberty State Park
Tom Johnson | April 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Public outcry and official condemnation help deep-six plan to develop mooring within hailing distance of most popular park in state system
Another Pinelands Pipeline Approval, Another Environmental Challenge
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Sierra Club announces it will appeal the decision to allow the Southern Reliability Link project to move ahead
Beach Access Still a Matter of Tough Questions Without Easy Answers
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Public access to state’s beaches and waterfronts must be guaranteed, without compromising security of sewage-treatment plants and other facilities
Christie Poised to Divert Another $20 Million from Open-Space Funding
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, advocates contend diversions are opposed to intent of 2014 amendment that funds preservation of undeveloped land
More than Scenic, Delaware Water Gap Serves as Defense Against Climate Change
Tom Johnson | April 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Green groups’ extend recreation area with addition of three tracts of ‘highly resilient’ land
Pay a Visit to Liberty State Park and Watch the Barges Moored Offshore
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A proposal to build a mooring for five barges off the most popular park in the state system could interfere with the scenic views of Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline -- and much more
Exelon Merger Goes Through, ACE Customers Should See Credit on Bills
Tom Johnson | April 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With Atlantic City Electric now part of Exelon, new owner promises increased reliability, enhanced electric substations
Challenging Conventional Thinking About New Jersey’s Power Sector
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Former NRG CEO David Crane continues to refine his unique perspective on global warming, solar power, electric vehicles and nuclear energy
Good News at Gas Pump: Summer Prices Projected to Be Lowest Since 2014
Tom Johnson | April 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But a rise in crude-oil prices or an uptick in consumption could push prices higher
Cloud of Controversy Hangs Over Air Permit for New B.L. England Power Plant
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The DEP argues new gas-fired facility will release far less pollution than its coal-powered predecessor -- but ‘greens’ say it’s still too dirty
DCA Draws Fire Again for Being Too Slow in Distributing Sandy Funds
Tom Johnson | April 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Department of Community Affairs’ website indicates more than $1 billion remains to be disbursed to displaced Sandy victims
Administration Says It Has No Plans for Settlements Paid by Polluters
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But McKeon questions whether administration is being aggressive enough in pursuing cases against polluters, an argument endorsed by some environmentalists
State Lawmakers Warn Christie to Keep His Hands Off Open-Space Funding
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor argues that money set aside for preservation programs can be used to pay for salaries and maintenance at state parks
$10M Lead-Abatement Program to Come Out of Affordable Housing’s Pocket
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With dedicated tax on paint already set up to fund abatement efforts, legislators question the necessity of diversion
Christie Doubles Down on Lead Abatement, Adding Another $10M to Effort
Tom Johnson | April 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor denies accusations that he has not used dedicated funds from paint tax to increase lead-protection problems
State's Efforts to Curb Lead in School Drinking Water Get Off to Slow Start
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
No one disagrees that lead abatement is a necessary response, but there’s little agreement on how to pay for it
Explainer: Protecting New Jersey’s Power Grid Against Cyberattacks
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Explainer
Cyberterrorism could dwarf the damage done by extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy, shutting down the grid indefinitely
Greatest Danger Facing NJ’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It may be the ‘Information Age,’ but even costs for infrastructure upgrades -- estimated in the tens of billions -- are just a best guess
Acrimonious Argument over Highlands Logging Plan Splits ‘Green’ Groups
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ Audubon and state DEP favor clear-cutting a portion of Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area, but other environmentalists strenuously object
Fine Print: The Bottle Bill -- It’s Back Before the Legislature, Once Again
Tom Johnson | March 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In its latest iteration, the bill’s mandated deposits would go to lead-abatement efforts
New Jersey Could Still Be a Powerful Player in Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | March 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But experts and advocates don’t expect it to happen under Gov. Christie, who’s consistently questioned the economics of the clean technology
Motor Vehicles Wants to Stop Tailpipe-Emissions Testing on Older Cars
Tom Johnson | March 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Commission claims step could save $18 million a year, cut waiting times at state-run inspection stations
Christie’s Budget Diverts $20M in ‘Green’ Funds, Sets Stage for Familiar Fight
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If administration gets its way, funds to preserve open space will go instead to paying salaries and maintenance in state parks
Surprise Decision Gives Pepco-Exelon Merger Regulatory Green Light
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Exelon would pick up Atlantic City Electric and become a bigger player in the New Jersey power market
Atlantic City Electric Files with BPU to Boost Revenue By Almost $80 Million
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If state agency approves increase, utility's typical customer bills could climb by $12 a month
Will State Pay $20M to Get the Lead Out of Newark’s Water Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money could be found by diverting dollars from the state’s Clean Energy Fund, a financing redirection used in the past
BPU President Explains Why Agency Gave Go-Ahead to Latest Pinelands Pipeline
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Benefits and need outweigh concerns raised by locals, other opponents, according to Mroz
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