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BPU and Verizon Ink Deal: High-Speed Services, 'Yes,' Fiber Optic, 'No'
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
State says telecom provider can use DSL, wireless to deliver Internet to remote, rural areas
Earth Day Message: Scrap Power Plant Plans, Block Pinelands Pipeline
Tom Johnson | April 23, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Advocates argue that 22-mile natural gas pipeline is essential to resilience of South Jersey
NJ's Clean-Energy Goals Finance 'Green' Jobs in Other States, Lobbyist Claims
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Energy & Environment
If state can't meet renewable resources goal with its own technologies, neighboring states will be glad to be of service
Federal EPA Again Delays Rule to Reduce Massive Fish Kills at Power Plants
Tom Johnson | April 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulation does not mandate cooling towers at current sites, gives state leeway to address problems with 'best available technology'
Christie, Speaking at Town Hall Meeting, Calls for End of Realty Transfer Fee
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2014 | Budget, Energy & Environment, Politics
Getting rid of tax would leave state shy of matching funds for Shore-protection projects -- and would also leave another hole in the state budget
PSEG Argues $2.6B "Energy Strong" Plan Is About Reliability, Not Rate Hikes
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment
At company's annual stakeholder meeting, company's top corporate officer decries 'obsession on rates'
How to Fund Open-Space Preservation in the Garden State: A Conversation
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Podcasts
A constitutional amendment is being generally endorsed, but some fear money may be siphoned off from other 'green' programs
Moribund State Planning Commission Keeps Smart Growth in Limbo
Tom Johnson | April 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Who's protecting open spaces and farmland in the country's most intensively developed state?
Bill Would Make Public Access Condition of Shore Protection Projects
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
If public funding pays for project, measure would mandate public access to beaches, waterfronts -- including Sandy initiatives
The List: 10 Facts About Household Energy Usage in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment, The List
Larger houses, and older ones, help explain why almost half of energy expenditures go to home heating
Somerset County Town Compiles 'Hazard Inventory' to Curtail Power Outages
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Warren Township works with utilities, Rutgers to identify and resolve potential problems before next round of extreme weather
Christie Vetoes Minutes of Pinelands Commission, Slams 5 Percent Raise for Staff
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
In harsh veto message, governor accuses commissioners of "conscious disregard of the fiscal realities" of Pinelands and state of New Jersey
Along NJ Coast, Offshore Wind Developer Refuses to Quit Without a Fight
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Fishermen's Energy files motion of reconsideration with state BPU, arguing against agency decision to shut down pilot wind project
State Agencies Explore Initial Framework for Energy Resiliency Bank
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Low-interest loans and grants should help critical facilities deploy technology to stay in service even if grid is knocked out
Explainer: Trying to Find a Stable Source of Funds for Open-Space Preservation
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning, Explainer
Despite continued support from voters, open-space preservation is flat broke, and it may take a constitutional amendment to bring it back to life
'Energy Strong' Case Has Wider Implications for Regulators, Customers
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
How far will BPU go to limit PSE&G infrastructure spending, costs to ratepayers?
Solar Industry Snapshot: A Volatile Sector Still in Search of Stability
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Among solutions suggested by consultant, “Green Bank” to help finance new development -- or doing nothing
Tesla Appeals MVC Ruling That Stops It From Selling Cars Directly to Drivers
Tom Johnson | April 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Some clean-energy advocates wonder why state is trying to stop maker of luxury electric cars from selling vehicles in New Jersey
State Board of Public Utilities Takes Tougher Stance on Tree-Trimming
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Downed trees kept millions without power in wake of Sandy, other extreme weather
Profile: Former Basketball-Playing 'Dark Lord' of the Chemistry Industry Council
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Profiles
Hal Bozarth is one of the most effective lobbyists in Trenton, at least in part because he can forge alliances with apparent opponents
Sandy Action Plan Would Give Critical Sites Money They Can Bank On
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Energy Resiliency Bank would distribute federal funds to keep lights on at key facilities even if power grid goes down
Fine Print: New Legislation Aims to Put a Stop to Fracking Before It Begins
Tom Johnson | March 31, 2014 | Energy & Environment
While environmentalists and business interests wrangle over new measure, it has an interesting twist: It's sponsored by a Republican
Senate Committee Votes Out Bill That Would Require Return to RGGI
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Business interests claim rejoining regional initiative to lower greenhouse gases would drive up price of power in Garden State
State's Deal With Verizon On High-Speed Internet Service Finds Few Friends in NJ
Tom Johnson | March 27, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Cities, towns, rural communities -- as well as Division of Rate Counsel -- all argue that telecom company reneged on agreement to provide broadband to entire state
Appellate Panel Faults State DEP for Abolishing Rules on Greenhouse Gases
Tom Johnson | March 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Ruling does not require state to rejoin RGGI, could be opening move in much longer struggle over power-plant pollution
Lawmakers Look to Short-Circuit Ban on Sales of Tesla Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | March 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New legislation would allow Tesla to sell directly to customers, rather than going through franchised dealerships
Bill Would Require NJ to Rejoin Program to Curb Greenhouse Gases
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Measure would be third time Trenton lawmakers attempt to get clean-air initiative past Gov. Christie
Bill Would Ban Lighting Up at Public Parks and Beaches
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Backers contend that prohibiting smoking would safeguard public health, cut down on litter, and reduce threat of forest fires
BPU Pulls the Plug on New Jersey's Only Offshore Wind Project
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Agency cites high costs to consumers, doubts about financial viability as reasons for its not-unexpected move
BPU Approves JCP&L's $736 Million Payout for Storm Recovery Costs
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Rate case to reduce utility's rates by $200 million still pending before administrative law judge