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Consumer Electric Bills Headed South for Slight Dip in Monthly Charges
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Cheaper natural gas, more efficient power plants, expanded power grid play part in reduced charges for residential customers
Making Sense of New Jersey’s Solar Stumble — and Job Loss
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Spotlight energy writer Tom Johnson discusses the state of the solar market with WNYC News host David Furst
Farmland Preservation Could Be in the Green Again, if Funding Clears
Tom Johnson | February 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appropriation from corporate business taxes would be first since voters passed constitutional amendment in 2014
NJ’s Solar Stumble: Sector Sheds 1,000 Jobs in Past Year
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
While rest of country showed strong 25 percent growth in solar jobs, New Jersey’s solar employment fell by 14 percent
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Steps Up Oversight of Hope Creek
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency determines that plant’s safety-related coolant system was out of service for more than two weeks
JCP&L Monmouth County Power Line Remains Hot Button for Residents
Tom Johnson | February 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Customers, local officials, lawmakers argue to scrap project before it can move ahead
Fine Print: Using Water Audits to Curb Losses in Drinking Supplies
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In a state where up to 30 percent of treated water is lost before it reaches the tap, water audits can be a critical tool
Ospreys Flocking Back to their New Jersey Nests
Tom Johnson | February 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Banning DDT, cleaning up water both credited with population recovery that brings total of active nests to more than 500
State Supreme Court Extends Liabilities for Environmental Damages
Tom Johnson | February 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Top court rules that insurers remain liable for cleaning up pollution even if original policy has been reassigned due to corporate mergers or restructuring
BPU Power Auction: Will Low Natural-Gas Prices Hold Down Electricity Rates?
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Most customers have seen prices dip slightly or stay mostly steady over past few years. Will trend continue?
Legislators Hold Water-Quality Bill But Rap DEP for Delays Setting Standards
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Panel disappoints environmentalists looking for way to push agency to establish limits for 16 contaminants
New Area Code in the Cards for South Jersey
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Projections indicate that all phone numbers within the 609 area code will be assigned by third quarter of 2018
Does State’s Solution to Lead-Contaminated Schools End with Bottled Water?
Tom Johnson | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Testing for lead in school drinking water is just the beginning, but is money available for remediation?
New Coalition Melds Labor, Faith, and ‘Green’ Groups to Fight Global Warming
Tom Johnson | January 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Powerful union members with deep pockets like NJEA and SEIU could help Jersey Renews achieve its ambitious environmental agenda
Trump’s EPA Freeze: Start of Ice Age for NJ Environmental Efforts?
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Freezing grants from federal agency will adversely affect a state with 118 Superfund toxic waste sites
Federal Agency Again Postpones Decision on PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Despite delay on final Environmental Impact Statement, company remains certain that pipeline will be in service in second half of 2018
PSEG Solar Source Continues Shopping Spree with Two More Acquisitions
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Unregulated utility picks up a pair of utility-scale solar projects in North Carolina
First Steps to Reduce Fraud at Program that Helps Poor Pay Energy Bills
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Safeguards would prevent Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from fraudulently issuing benefits to dead people
Pinelands Commission Sued to Stop Review of Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | January 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands Alliance has asked appeals court to block commission from determining if pipeline complies with state policy and administrative rules
BPU Tool Helps Water Companies Speed Infrastructure Investments
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency opts to renew program that lets companies invest up to 5 percent of revenues in system upgrades without lengthy regulatory review
With 2 Gigawatts of Capacity Installed, NJ Solar Sector Shines
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU indicates that milestone means state has fourth-highest cumulative amount of solar capacity nationwide
Two Former Governors Join ‘Greens’ to Do Battle with Trenton, D.C.
Tom Johnson | January 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Florio and Whitman to help League of Conservation Voters heighten awareness of environmental issues in State House, White House
Feds Renewed Fuel-Economy Standards Will Help NJ Reduce Smog
Tom Johnson | January 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The EPA decision to stay the course with 2012 pollution standards gives the Garden State another way to fight greenhouse-gas emissions
Does NJ Need New Ratepayer Subsidy to Encourage Solar Deployments?
Tom Johnson | January 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More solar systems could help reduce congestion on grid, but Division of Rate Counsel argues the price is too high
Electric Vehicles in NJ: Going Nowhere Fast — And That’s the Problem
Tom Johnson | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If New Jersey can’t get one in seven cars on the road to be an EV by 2025, automakers could face fines that would likely be passed on to consumers
State Agency Has Unanswered Questions about PennEast Project
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Department of Environmental Protection says it will withhold permits until surveys of proposed route, environmental impact studies are complete
Preventing the E-Waste Stream from Becoming a Flood
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Revamped recycling program mandates that manufacturers of electronic products pick up the tab for disposing of discarded devices
As Temperature Dips, Beach Access Debate Gets Underway
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Public access makes good start, but difficult questions such as entrance fees, parking, and national security remain to be considered
Rate Counsel Sees No Need for High-Voltage Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Division argues that high-voltage line no longer needed to ensure reliability, suggests alternative approaches and routes be explored
NJ Picks Up Federal Grants to Retrofit Diesel School Buses
Tom Johnson | January 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Older diesel engines can expose kids to nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, or soot
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