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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
Reasons Justifying Pinelands Pipeline Called into Question
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
‘A high-priced solution for a problem that does not really exist’ is how consultant to Pinelands Preservation Alliance describes Southern Reliability Link
Can Congress Help NJ’s Offshore Wind Industry Get Cranking?
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bipartisan legislation that would extend tax credits for investments in the renewable energy could give state’s efforts at offshore wind a lift
Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Build Solar Farm in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules in favor of facility on capped landfill, even though site had been permanently set aside as undeveloped open space
Solar Eclipse Won’t Leave New Jersey Without Lights, Power
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Up to 2,500 megawatts of solar generation will be temporarily affected by the eclipse, but grid operator has plenty of power in reserve
PSE&G Poised to Invest $69M in Energy-Efficiency Program
Tom Johnson | July 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But state’s largest utility could spend much more, if allowed to decouple sales from distribution
PSE&G Wants to Spend $2.7B to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would cost $540M annually, install 1,250 miles of new gas mains all told
Fed Rollback of Clean Water Rule Could Threaten Half of NJ’s Streams
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Repeal could ‘devastate’ Delaware River Basin, according to critics, source of drinking water for 6 million people
Grid Operator OKs PSE&G’s $275M Substation Upgrade
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plan calls for utility to build new facility adjacent to 60-year-old Newark Switch substation
Fed Flood Program Has Spent $660M Repeatedly Rebuilding Same NJ Properties
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A much-needed reform to nation’s flood insurance would give homeowners the option to be bought out rather than rebuild
‘Greens’ Intensify Efforts to Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Coalition delivers 64K signatures to five-member commission tasked with protecting source of drinking water for 16 million people
By 2030, State Looks to Reduce Food Waste by 50 Percent
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Keeping food waste out of dumps and landfills can help reduce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming
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