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Challenging Conventional Thinking About New Jersey’s Power Sector
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Former NRG CEO David Crane continues to refine his unique perspective on global warming, solar power, electric vehicles and nuclear energy
Good News at Gas Pump: Summer Prices Projected to Be Lowest Since 2014
Tom Johnson | April 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But a rise in crude-oil prices or an uptick in consumption could push prices higher
Cloud of Controversy Hangs Over Air Permit for New B.L. England Power Plant
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The DEP argues new gas-fired facility will release far less pollution than its coal-powered predecessor -- but ‘greens’ say it’s still too dirty
DCA Draws Fire Again for Being Too Slow in Distributing Sandy Funds
Tom Johnson | April 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Department of Community Affairs’ website indicates more than $1 billion remains to be disbursed to displaced Sandy victims
Administration Says It Has No Plans for Settlements Paid by Polluters
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But McKeon questions whether administration is being aggressive enough in pursuing cases against polluters, an argument endorsed by some environmentalists
State Lawmakers Warn Christie to Keep His Hands Off Open-Space Funding
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor argues that money set aside for preservation programs can be used to pay for salaries and maintenance at state parks
$10M Lead-Abatement Program to Come Out of Affordable Housing’s Pocket
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With dedicated tax on paint already set up to fund abatement efforts, legislators question the necessity of diversion
Christie Doubles Down on Lead Abatement, Adding Another $10M to Effort
Tom Johnson | April 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor denies accusations that he has not used dedicated funds from paint tax to increase lead-protection problems
State's Efforts to Curb Lead in School Drinking Water Get Off to Slow Start
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
No one disagrees that lead abatement is a necessary response, but there’s little agreement on how to pay for it
Explainer: Protecting New Jersey’s Power Grid Against Cyberattacks
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Explainer
Cyberterrorism could dwarf the damage done by extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy, shutting down the grid indefinitely
Greatest Danger Facing NJ’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It may be the ‘Information Age,’ but even costs for infrastructure upgrades -- estimated in the tens of billions -- are just a best guess
Acrimonious Argument over Highlands Logging Plan Splits ‘Green’ Groups
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ Audubon and state DEP favor clear-cutting a portion of Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area, but other environmentalists strenuously object
Fine Print: The Bottle Bill -- It’s Back Before the Legislature, Once Again
Tom Johnson | March 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In its latest iteration, the bill’s mandated deposits would go to lead-abatement efforts
New Jersey Could Still Be a Powerful Player in Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | March 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But experts and advocates don’t expect it to happen under Gov. Christie, who’s consistently questioned the economics of the clean technology
Motor Vehicles Wants to Stop Tailpipe-Emissions Testing on Older Cars
Tom Johnson | March 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Commission claims step could save $18 million a year, cut waiting times at state-run inspection stations
Christie’s Budget Diverts $20M in ‘Green’ Funds, Sets Stage for Familiar Fight
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If administration gets its way, funds to preserve open space will go instead to paying salaries and maintenance in state parks
Surprise Decision Gives Pepco-Exelon Merger Regulatory Green Light
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Exelon would pick up Atlantic City Electric and become a bigger player in the New Jersey power market
Atlantic City Electric Files with BPU to Boost Revenue By Almost $80 Million
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If state agency approves increase, utility's typical customer bills could climb by $12 a month
Will State Pay $20M to Get the Lead Out of Newark’s Water Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money could be found by diverting dollars from the state’s Clean Energy Fund, a financing redirection used in the past
BPU President Explains Why Agency Gave Go-Ahead to Latest Pinelands Pipeline
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Benefits and need outweigh concerns raised by locals, other opponents, according to Mroz
Locals Once Again Have No Say Over Pipeline Crossing the Pinelands
Tom Johnson | March 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
BPU ready to give its OK to a 30-mile natural-gas conduit from New Jersey Natural Gas
Lawmakers Push for 80 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050 -- Again
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One of the problems with this aggressive goal is that the Christie administration is not likely to back it
Coastal Advocates Laud Obama Decision Not to Allow Drilling Offshore
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Although lease sales would not have been directly off Jersey coast, accidents or oil spills could have wreaked havoc with state’s tourism, fishing industry
Lead-Contaminated Water Found in Newark Schools Not a New Problem
Tom Johnson | March 15, 2016 | Education, Energy & Environment
District admits elevated lead levels detected in schools in past but not revealed to public
PSEG to Ramp Up Capital Spending by $3 Billion, to $16 Billion All Told
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Increased spending, company says at annual investors conference, creates both new jobs and profits for stockholders
NJ Transit Inks $10 Million Deal for Firm to Service Its Growing Fleet of CNG Buses
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Contract covers rebuilding of compressed natural-gas fueling station in Howell Township
Lead Scare Over Water in Newark Schools Underscores NJ’s Toxic Problem
Tom Johnson | March 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Testing at 30 schools reveals lead levels above federal EPA action guidelines, triggers emergency response including use of bottled water
State DEP Withdraws Rule Changes, Avoids Clash with Lawmakers
Tom Johnson | March 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency agrees to revamp proposal opponents said could adversely affect water quality and increase risk of flooding
Fine Print: Making Sure Environmental Awards Go to the Environment
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Bill being voted on today in an Assembly committee would make sure that half of environmental settlements can’t be diverted to general budget
Showdown over Proposed Changes to DEP Water Rules Moves Closer
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Rarely used legislative override could prevent rules from being adopted or force DEP to rescind them
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