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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
Proposed State Rules Tighten Restrictions on Sources of Smog, Soot
Tom Johnson | January 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is hoping to clean up the air by imposing pollution limits on small turbines and engines, solvents used to manufacture fiberglass boats
Planning a Clean-Energy Agenda for When Christie Is Former Governor
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Energy advocates are beginning to push for more renewable energy, looking into decoupling the power sector, and deploying charging stations for e-vehicles
South Jersey Inches Closer to Better Phone Service, High-Speed Internet
Tom Johnson | January 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president to preside over case involving Verizon and addressing service quality in Cumberland and Atlantic counties
Obama Bans Drilling in mid-Atlantic Ocean, Portions of Arctic Ocean
Tom Johnson | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
President bases restrictions on 60-year-old law, should be harder to overturn than executive order
Constitutional Amendment Coming on Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Voters this fall will be asked to dedicate damages in pollution cases to restoring natural resources, while Highlands takes another step toward greater protection
Rhode Island Breaks the Tape on Offshore Wind, but Where’s New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The first offshore wind turbines are generating power for the Ocean State, while the Garden State has yet to deliver needed finance mechanisms
‘Greens’ Continue to Fight Against Greater Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At heart of matter: Acceptable levels of nitrate in soil and clean drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans
Just How Badly Is NJ’s Water Infrastructure Leaking?
Tom Johnson | December 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It’s virtually impossible to determine, since NJ water companies are not required to perform water-loss audits
PSE&G Collaborates to Find and Fix Natural-Gas Leaks Fast
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility is working with Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach to stop methane from escaping into the air
Two Pipeline Proposals Kicked Back to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decision as to whether projects meet commission’s comprehensive master plan likely to shape future of development in million-acre preserve
Trump’s Pick to Head EPA Could Be Bad News for NJ’s Air and Water
Tom Johnson | December 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scott Pruitt has fought to block Obama administration’s attempts to slow climate change, and battled regulations to limit air pollution
Sea-Level Rise Could Permanently Flood Parts of New Jersey
Tom Johnson | December 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Say so long to the Jersey Shore, arcades and all, half of Hoboken, and the Teterboro Airport — for starters
Sparking Interest in Network of Public Charging Stations for Electric Cars
Tom Johnson | December 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State’s utilities, BPU hope they can ease range anxiety for potential customers for plug-in vehicles
Putting the Brakes on Diesel Pollution from Big Rigs at NJ’s Ports
Tom Johnson | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Can clean-truck tariff help pay to retrofit older, heavy-duty transport, cleaning up air at ports and surrounding communities?
BPU Considers Deploying Microgrids to Deliver Local Power Resiliency
Tom Johnson | December 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Power outages related to grid failures can affect millions of residents; microgrids can keep critical facilities up and running in towns and communities
Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The most vexing difficulty with water system may be where to find the money to fix wasteful problems
PSE&G Gets Go-Ahead on Smaller Solar Plan, But Splits Vote at BPU
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some critics of settlement raise concerns that utility has unregulated affiliate building solar farms without ratepayer assistance
JCP&L Files with Feds, Seeking to Boost Transmission Rates
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agencies argue increase will put undue pressure on customers trying to meet their monthly bills
Fine Print: Getting a Handle on New Jersey’s Tire Dumps
Tom Johnson | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Despite existing law, tire piles continue to proliferate, potentially damaging the environment and offering a breeding ground to mosquitoes
State Hopes to Establish Prices for Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Standards could help ensure compensation is adequate and fair, prevent funds being raided for use in general budget
State Frees Up $67M for Open Space, Recreation Projects
Tom Johnson | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money represents first to come from stable source of funding approved by voters in 2014
Digging into the Problem of Electronic-Waste Recycling
Tom Johnson | November 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Can New Jersey get makers of TVs, computers, and other electronic gear to pay their fair share of recycling costs?
No Oil and Gas Drilling, Exploration in Mid-Atlantic — Obama
Tom Johnson | November 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ environmentalists applaud decision, but worry President-elect Trump could find way to subvert administration’s order
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