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Measure Would Mandate Smart-Growth Policies in Town Master Plans
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Critics argue municipalities are already addressing these issues voluntarily, obviating the need for new law
Measure Ratchets Up Targets for NJ’s Offshore-Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers say bill, which calls for 4,500 megawatts by 2050, isn’t meant for the Christie administration but for one friendlier to renewable subsidies
Profile: A Leader of New Jersey’s Environmental Movement
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Profiles
Michael Catania has spent much of his professional life protecting the Garden State’s land and water
Legislation Could Speed Sale of Public Water Facilities to Private Companies
Tom Johnson | October 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Ratepayer Counsel, environmentalists argue legislation could drive up prices for consumers
Bill wants 80% of NJ’s Power to Come from Renewable Sources by 2050
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Aggressive energy goals draw the ire of large manufacturers, questions and concerns from Rate Counsel
Audit Finds Room for Improvement at Department of Community Affairs
Tom Johnson | October 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Problems with inspections and check deposits not as serious as those uncovered in earlier audits, particularly with DCA weatherization program
Will Keeping B.L. England Plant Online Mean Reliability Issues on Grid?
Tom Johnson | October 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say report from PJM Interconnection indicates there would be fewer potential problems if facility is shut down
Legislation Would Encourage Consumers to Deploy Solar Arrays
Tom Johnson | October 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
By ensuring they can sell power they generate back onto the grid, bill aims to give homeowners and small businesses a reason to go solar
BPU Moves On ‘Plain English’ Summary for Alternative Energy Contracts
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Third-party suppliers to start offering consumers one-page explanation of fine-print details of what they’re offering
State Clears Sale of Environmentally Sensitive Property -- for Second Time
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Golf course and senior housing could displace endangered species, including Pine Barrens tree frog
Natural-Gas Bills Will Drop This Winter for Most Customers in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Heating bills will decline for Garden State consumers served by three of four gas utilities
Federal Funding Should Bolster Resilience of Water-Treatment Plants
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
EPA announces the awarding of $229 million to finance projects at drinking-water, sewage-treatment facilities
Possible Rate Cut, Refund for JCP&L Customers Hits Yet Another Delay
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
BPU grants administrative law judge’s request for more time to reach decision in long-running case
Former Ratepayer Advocate Socked With $11,000 Fine for Ethics Violations
Tom Johnson | September 30, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Commission faults Seema Singh for simultaneously serving as ratepayer advocate and president of special-interest group
No Shortage of Challenges for New President of Board of Public Utilities
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Agency must wrestle -- among other issues -- with building resiliency into NJ’s power grid without spiking customer bills
The List: Top 10 Challenges to Keep Raw Sewage From Polluting NJ's Water
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2014 | The List
After years of neglect, New Jersey is addressing problems associated with aging sewer infrastructure, some of which is more than 100 years old
Proposed Exelon, Pepco Merger Could Mean Fewer Outages for ACE Customers
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
$7B deal would give Atlantic City Electric more money to beef up its infrastructure, company executives maintain
PSE&G Breaks Ground on 10-Megawatt Solar Farm, Its Largest Yet
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Utility begins construction of grid-supply project at Parklands Landfill in Bordentown, avoids use of farmland or open space
New Jerseyans Could Be Paying too Much for Power, Report Says
Tom Johnson | September 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
By failing to consider energy-efficiency savings, grid operator could be signing off on unnecessary transmission projects
Can New BPU President, Commissioners Brace Agency for Change?
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2014 | Energy & Environment
With the energy sectors that it oversees in flux, can the Board of Public Utilities deal effectively with tough new challenges?
Opponents Protest that Proposed Pipeline Threatens State-Preserved Open Space
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers counter that access to natural-gas-rich Marcellus Shale will drive down heating and electric bills
Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Governor looks to slot in two Democrats at state agency, announces surprise nomination to head up DOT
Bipartisan Coalition Wants Open-Space Question on November Ballot
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2014
Voters have consistently backed preservation programs -- but will NJ’s economic woes change their minds?
State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages
Tom Johnson | September 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New regulations hope to avoid disasters that followed Sandy, when crippled facilities dumped billions of gallons of sewage into NJ waterways
Senate Bill Package Could Fundamentally Change the Power Sector
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Draft legislation could alter utilities’ business model, introduce aggressive goals for solar energy
Explainer: Shopping for Cheaper Energy Remains a Chancy Undertaking
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Unexpected spikes in prices is one reason that the state is looking into ways to better regulate alternative power suppliers
Court Pulls Plug on NJ’s Plan to Build New Natural-Gas Power Plants
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Three-judge panel rules New Jersey program ventures into territory reserved for federal government
New Program Could Help Keep Sewage from Flooding State’s Waterways
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Assembly committee passes bill that would allow certain cities and towns to set up so-called stormwater utilities to help get pollution in check
Draft Legislation Would Bump Up New Jersey’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Backers say proposed bill would give solar power and wind power a much-needed boost in state
Governor Vetoes Statewide Ban on Smoking at Public Beaches, Parks
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
To smoke or not to smoke, Christie says, is best decided by local ordinance
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