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Explainer: What Will It Take to Clean Up New Jersey’s Air?
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2015 | Explainer
The state has made significant progress in the push to clean up air pollution, but much more remains to be done
In Margate, Administration Moves to Seize 87 City Lots Via Eminent Domain
Tom Johnson | October 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Easements must be procured before beach-replenishment work can get underway; 10 private homes also in pipeline for processing
ACE-Exelon Merger Could Mean Bigger Credits on Customers’ Bills
Tom Johnson | October 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Details of settlement call for NJ customers to be compensated by same amount as consumers in other states
Critics of Liquefied Natural Gas Project Would Like to See It in Deep Freeze
Tom Johnson | October 7, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Port Ambrose terminal already vetoed once by Christie; second time would sink proposal permanently
Protecting Customers from Sharp Spikes in Utility Bills Is Goal of Three-Bill Package
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Legislative effort meant to stop unscrupulous third-party suppliers from passing on higher energy and gas costs to consumers
New EPA Smog Standard Likely to Lead to Renewed Push for NJ to Comply
Tom Johnson | October 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
For environmentalists, tighter smog regulations don’t go far enough; for business, they go too far
Federal Lawmakers Urge Christie to Get the Lead Out on Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Elusive financing mechanism remains linchpin of state’s efforts to capitalize on wind power along coastline
Angry About PennEast Project, Opponents Rally Outside PSEG Offices
Tom Johnson | September 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
One foe of proposed natural-gas pipeline calls the 118-mile project an ‘ecological scar across our lands’
With Choppers, PSE&G Flies High to Build New Towers for Transmission Upgrade
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Investment in transmission enhances capacity and service in northern part of state, complies with requirements of operator of regional grid
Garden State Is Wasting Its Waste, Should Better Utilize Biomass, Report Says
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Tapping into 4 million tons of organic trash NJ produces each year could help state reduce reliance on fossil fuels, curb greenhouse-gas emissions
Proposed DEP Rule Changes Still Catching Flak, This Time from Lawmakers
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
If new resolution garners simple majority in Assembly and Senate, state environmental agency could be forced to withdraw proposed regulations
PennEast Files with FERC to Move Ahead on 118-Mile Natural-Gas Pipeline
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue that proposed pipeline route crosses thousands of acres of open space and farmland, preserved with taxpayer dollars
Feds Say NJ Offshore Wind Leases to Go Up for Sale Starting in November
Tom Johnson | September 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Leases are just one piece of offshore puzzle; critical financing mechanism to pay for wind power is still missing
FEMA Weighs In on Proposed DEP Rule Changes, Warning of Potential Flood Hazards
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
U.S agency joins others in criticizing DEP plans, points to problem spots that could be in violation of federal flood-insurance program
Environmentalists, Lawmakers Trying New Tack to Keep Out Fracking Waste
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2015 | Energy & Environment
A new bill would prevent many of the chemicals in fracking wastewater from being treated in state, rather than outlawing the waste itself
New Jersey Falling Behind Other States In Efforts to Boost Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Experts at NJ Spotlight Roundtable agree more needs to be done, but no consensus reached as to best ways to attain that goal
What’s the Cost for Power-Grid Reliability? $600 Million Over Next Few Years
Tom Johnson | September 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment
NJ consumers and businesses can expect to see higher electric bills as grid operator implements plan to make sure power is there when needed
PSE&G Digs Plastic to Replace Aging Natural-Gas Pipes and Service Lines
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Utility and BPU reach settlement in principle to invest $905 million to replace outdated infrastructure
Profile: One of New Jersey’s Champions of Clean, Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2015 | Profiles
Lyle Rawlings isn’t just pushing solar power, he’s pushing the state to adopt far more ambitious targets for electricity generated by renewable sources
Environmentalists Band Together to Overturn ExxonMobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Groups file motion with appellate court, arguing that judge in case made several technical mistakes -- but chance for success seems slim at best
Lower Heating Bills This Winter Due to More Than Just Cheaper Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment
While plentiful supplies are helping to drive down costs to consumers, smarter management and storage are also contributing to lower prices
PSE&G Addresses Other Half of Electric-Car Equation: Convenient Charging
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Pilot program deploys charging stations to places people work -- companies, colleges, and hospitals
Good News for New Jerseyans at Gas Pump and Home, Courtesy of the EIA
Tom Johnson | September 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Government says gasoline prices expected to dip to $2 per gallon, while cost of heating homes with natural gas or oil also will come down
Feds Drop Study of Cancer Risk Near Nuclear Plants, Including Oyster Creek
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Government agency argues that it doesn’t have the time or the resources to complete assessment of potential danger
Fine Print: Taking a Closer Look at Water Permits for Salem Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | September 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say cooling towers at Salem could reduce fish kills, but will the state heed their cry?
NJ Consumer Advocate Wants Verizon to Stop Switching Customers From Copper Lines
Tom Johnson | September 4, 2015 | Energy & Environment
In second filing with BPU, Division of Rate Counsel wants telecom giant to stop changeover until ongoing investigation is complete
Christie Administration Wants Feds to Back Off on Obama Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | September 3, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Governor’s critics argue he’s hijacking NJ environment for his presidential ambitions
The PJM Tradeoff: Higher Power Prices for Greater Grid Reliability
Tom Johnson | September 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
The operator of the regional power grid is paying more for power to ensure generating capacity is there when it’s needed most
Feds Warn State DEP's New Rules Could Imperil NJ’s Most Pristine Waters
Tom Johnson | September 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment
DEP argues it wants to streamline regulations, but EPA says changes to policies could increase pollution in NJ waterways
Proposed Merger of Atlantic City Electric and Exelon Hits Regulatory Snag
Tom Johnson | August 31, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Public Service Commission in D.C. raises concerns about higher prices, gives parent companies 30 days to file appeal
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