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New Jersey’s Solar Sector Is Thriving: Now Let’s Fix It
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU to launch industry study, review if current structure has outlived its usefulness, should be replaced
New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury
State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted
Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas
Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns
Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend
Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve
Coalition Hopes to Usher in Era of Electric Vehicles in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ambitious ‘roadmap’ wants to see 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025; 2 million by 2035
Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Ahead on Rules to Ban Fracking
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalist greet ban with approval, but are less pleased with regulations that will address how fracking wastewater will be disposed of in the region
Sunny Outlook for NJ’s Solar Sector, Which Continues to Add Capacity
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
One possible shadow on horizon: changes to the way state promotes this form of reusable energy
DRBC Acts to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But environmentalists unhappy with move to regulate fracking wastewater
State Looks to Spark Debate on Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Among questions being asked by BPU, how can state build requisite infrastructure and how long will it take
PSE&G Gets Sign-Off to Extend Energy Efficiency Programs
Tom Johnson | September 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility looks to help hospitals, multifamily units, and government buildings cut power and gas bills, while offering new options to residential accounts
Is New Jersey Finally Getting Smarter About Smart Meters?
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU authorizes Rockland Electric to deploy smart meters in homes of 74,000 customers, a first for a Garden State utility
Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at 400 NJ Schools
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Results confirm lead leaching from old fixtures and pipes is extensive problem facing state’s district and charter schools
Trump’s EPA Cuts Could Wreak Havoc with Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | September 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Water-related programs at federal agency could be trimmed by almost 35 percent, affecting host of efforts in place to protect water quality
Feds Award NJ $70M to Upgrade Wastewater, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | August 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Allocation will help finance $500 million in upgrades to sewage-treatment plants through the New Jersey Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The state’s industry sector needs to be brought back to life, and that will take a new administration — for starters
Christie Administration Opposes Trump Plan to Drill in Atlantic
Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In letter to federal agency, DEP Commissioner Martin says NJ wants no part of program to expand oil and gas exploration in North and Mid-Atlantic
Trump Weakens Protections for Buildings in Flood-Prone Areas
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Executive order rescinds rules intended to safeguard government-financed projects against sea-level rise, climate change
Renewed Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey Shoreline
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration seeks to develop program to open all the nation’s coasts to exploration along outer continental shelf
PennEast Wants Fast-Track Approval from FERC for $1B Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company argues project is ‘critically important’ to bring new and necessary natural-gas supplies to Northeast, increase reliability of today’s pipeline grid
Sales of Electric Plug-In Vehicles Surge, Though Infrastructure Still Lags
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With more than 10,000 plug-ins on the road in New Jersey, sales grew by 79 percent over prior year
State Needs to Step Up Attempts to Curb Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | August 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In rare meeting of both legislative environmental committees, lawmakers get a tough assessment of what New Jersey needs to do to fight climate change
NJ’s Farmland Preservation Initiatives Get Much-Needed Funding
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A package of four bills dedicates $65 million to help towns, counties, the state, and nonprofits put money into protecting farmland
DEP Denies Permits for 1,800-Unit Housing Development in Lakewood
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chosen site, a former golf course, would wind up with 70 percent impervious cover once project was complete — markedly increasing stormwater runoff
With FERC at Quorum, PennEast Pipeline Likely to Move Ahead
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Two commissioners have been approved at agency, opening way for project to use eminent domain to gather environmental data along its route
Appeals Court Approves Housing Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | August 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court defers to DEP’s expertise regarding wetlands, endangered species, and impact of proposed sewer connection on water quality
EPA Reverses Decision Not to Implement Smog Rule
Tom Johnson | August 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency announces it will move ahead with Obama administration rule on ground-level ozone, aka smog
Coalition Dismisses PSEG’s Threat to Close Nuclear Units as a ‘Scare Tactic’
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group of businesses, consumer advocates, and environmentalists says company must open its books and prove they're losing money on nuclear
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