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Christie Rejects Bill to Rejoin RGGI, for Third (and Last) Time
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor claims NJ has no need to rejoin initiative since it is already a leader in curbing carbon emissions and has met its own mandated standards
Is This New Jersey’s Future? Chronic Flooding from Sea-Level Rise
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Under a worst-case scenario, some 130 communities in the Garden State could be inundated every other week
Draft Water Plan Leaves Critics Dissatisfied on Several Key Fronts
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The plan, they contend, doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises, head off likely deficits, and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies
NJ Solar Sector Could Be in for Overhaul, with Solar Credits on Way out
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Another attempt to smooth out industry’s boom-and-bust cycles, this one by ultimately phasing out solar subsidies paid to array owners
NJ Seeks to Ban Pesticide Given Clean Bill of Health by EPA
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos can potentially cause developmental damage to children, vomiting and dizziness in adults
State Looks to Private Partners for Help Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With government coffers depleted, state considers public-private partnerships as a way to help finance local and state projects
State Starts to Think Seriously About Deploying Microgrids
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trenton’s downtown thermal-energy district funded to determine if microgrids can deliver power and other vital services when power grid goes down
BPU Rules Encourage Utility Infrastructure Investments, Speed Rate Increases
Tom Johnson | July 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates argue regulations may undercut ratepayer protections, are unnecessary under current system
DEP Tables PennEast Application, Another Delay for Troubled Pipeline
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency seeks detailed information about stream and wetlands crossings, but pipeline company can’t comply
Trump Administration Rolling Back Protections for Small Streams, Wetlands
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal repeal likely to affect New Jersey by eroding protections for headwaters that feed the drinking-water supply
Clean Energy Fund Raided (Again) to Plug Last Hole in State Budget
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration, lawmakers tap $75 million from fund, up $25 million from amount announced previously — in addition to $161 million already diverted this year
Ralph LaRossa Takes on New Tasks: President and COO of PSEG Power
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Move, press release seem to confirm speculation that he is being groomed to replace Izzo — chairman, president, and CEO of PSEG
'Greens' See Red Over Budget Plan, Raids on Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn current spending plan lets administration divert money meant to restore damages to natural resources to general fund
U.S. Appellate Court Upholds PJM Rules to Meet Peak Demand for Power
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists, others fear new regulations from operator of the power grid will cause prices to spike when demand is highest
State Takes Steps to Tap into $72.2M Volkswagen Settlement
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used to deploy charging infrastructure for electric cars, relieve air pollution from transportation sector
NJ’s Top Two Utilities Could Do More to Help Customers Cut Energy Use, Costs
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National scorecard of 51 largest utilities ranks PSE&G, JCP&L near bottom when it comes to saving consumers money with energy efficiency
$500 Million Slotted for Sewage-Treatment, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Funds to be distributed by Environmental Infrastructure Trust, well-regarded financier for clean-water projects for several decades
Murphy Calls for Permanent Ban on Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Democratic candidate for governor wins election, it could help swing Delaware River Basin Commission to follow his call on fracking
Outlook for Clean Energy Budget: Dollars Fall, Diversions to Continue
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Diversions may dip slightly, but funneling money away from its intended purpose has cost fund some $1.5 billion over past seven years
EPA Delays Federal Ozone Standard, Slows NJ’s Efforts to Reduce Smog
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without standard, NJ can’t crack down on cars, trucks, businesses that pump ozone into the atmosphere
Garden State Solar Sector Continues to Heat Up, Though Clouds on Horizon
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey deployed nearly 400 megawatts of solar capacity in 2016, fifth-highest ranking in United States
DEP, Lawmakers Clash Over Development in the Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Assembly votes to stop state agency from boosting number of septic tanks in pristine preserve, source of drinking water for millions in NJ
State’s Proposed Wetlands Rule Would Speed, Simplify Developer Permitting
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics particularly concerned about new rule that would allow developers to certify they’ve met all regulations without any DEP oversight
Trump Administration Opens Way to Drilling for Oil, Gas Off Atlantic Coast
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National Fisheries Service proposing permits for seismic surveys off coast; ‘greens’ say surveys first step to full-throttle drilling
Angling to Get New Jersey into the United States Climate Alliance
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers look to have Garden State join California, New York, other states in a domestic accord to curb carbon-based pollution
With Democratic Governor, Garden State Would Be Much Greener
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Elections 2017
Candidates are mostly in accord on ramping up renewables, rejoining RGGI, and reversing some of Gov. Christie’s environmental and energy programs
Home Heating Costs Likely to Tick up with Price of Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ homeowners could see their monthly bills increase by as little as 80 cents or as much as $8.00 depending on which utility they use
In Unexpected Move, BPU Holds off Advancing Two Controversial Rules
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency decides not to move on regulations that would ease oversight of utility infrastructure investments, speed rate collection from customers
Without Subsidies, Three Mile Island Could Go Dark, Operator Asserts
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In an argument that mirrors the one made by PSEG, Exelon says it can’t afford to keep TMI in service without help from Pennsylvania ratepayers
PSEG Power Retires Two Biggest Coal-Burning Plants in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Shuttering the plants follows a national trend, as cleaner, cheaper natural gas supplants coal across the country
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