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State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After progress stalled under Christie administration, new governor has ambitious agenda. But developers worry time will run out before they can access federal tax incentives
Law that Would Put 5-Cent Fee on Plastic, Paper Bags Up in Air as Governor Decides
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Jockeying continues over legislation — or some other initiative to curb spread of plastic — as Murphy’s decision awaited
FINE PRINT: This Is What You Can Expect from NJ’s Revised Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Look for dramatic revisions, given that when governor ordered state officials to overhaul the plan, he emphasized need to shift to clean energy sources
State Senate OKs Prescribed Burns in Pinelands, Other NJ Woodlands
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controlled burns reduce wildfires, while improving ecological health of forests and wooded areas
NJ Joins Suit to Stop EPA From Easing Rules on HFCs Linked to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency loosens its own limits on hydrofluorocarbons, compounds used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, and other processes
State Starts to Wind Down Program Used to Encourage Solar Installations
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Steep costs to utility customers who subsidize this renewable energy leads Board of Public Utilities to move away from solar credits, but new system has yet to be determined
Staving Off Diversions of Lead-Abatement Funds — Constitutionally
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Committee clears bill that would dedicate portion of sales-tax revenue to stripping lead-based paint from New Jersey homes, most common source of lead exposure for kids
BPU Blocks JCP&L Plans for High-Voltage Power Line in Monmouth County
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency agrees with activists, administrative law court, and rate counsel — sees no need for proposed $111 million power conduit that would run close to schools and homes
NJ Lawmakers OK 5-Cent Fee on Plastic/Paper Carryout Bags
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If Murphy signs on, law could reduce clutter in landfills and landscapes, but it won’t deliver money to lead-abatement programs — as originally intended
Lawmakers Look to Divert Funds Before State Has Money in Hand
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A proposed 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags could bring in $23M for lead abatement, but the funds are being diverted — even before the new legislation is law
The RPA Wants to Welcome You to the Meadowlands National Park
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Regional Plan Association has seen the future of the Meadowlands — and its egrets, ospreys, and bald eagles — as a vast wetlands preserve
Does ‘Rain Tax’ Have a Chance of Staunching State’s Stormwater Runoff?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill voted out of key Senate committee would let towns and counties assess fees on sources of runoff to cover cost of managing stormwater
Could Climate Change Erode Real Estate Markets in Coastal New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If chronic flooding inundates New Jersey communities, homes could take a big hit, according to new report, as well as property taxes that fund schools and roads
ACE Seeks Rate Increase to Recoup Costs of Modernizing Its Power Grid
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU signs off on $99.7M filing, residential customers of Atlantic City Electric would see average monthly bill climb by about $11
Getting Lead Out of NJ’s Water Means First Finding How It’s Getting In
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Package of bills would require public water systems to compile list of lead service lines, public schools to maintain online database of lead-testing results
Is a Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Works for the Musconetcong River?
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Preliminary discussions between project developer and state and local officials explore building the plant on the state’s top trout stream
A Change of Name, Not Mission, for ‘Bank’ That Funds Clean Water Across NJ
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Under its new name, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will still loan money to stem pollution from sewage treatment, upgrade drinking-water systems
Lawmakers Look to Create Standard Penalties for Polluters
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
By developing a sliding scale for damage to natural resources, state would have a better chance to compel ‘bad actors’ to clean up pollution
PSE&G’s Next Big Ask: $2.5B to Upgrade Electric and Gas Distribution Networks
Tom Johnson | June 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility claims residential customers would see only small bumps in their monthly bills; money would go to boost resiliency, reliability, redundancy
Six Months into Murphy’s Term, Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Members
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2018 | Politics
One reason process lasted as long as it did: disagreements over school funding between Sweeney and Repollet, new commissioner of education
Trump Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal to Cost Consumers Billions?
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Families to ‘overpay’ hundreds of dollars a year for electricity if plan goes through. NJ supporters say it would help South Jersey economy
‘Greens’ Urge Murphy to Clamp Down on CO2 Emissions from Power Plants
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say state’s re-entry into RGGI offers opportunity to set ambitious cap on greenhouse-gas emissions
Smokers: Get the Hell Off the Beach (and Out of the Park)
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State moves to ban smoking at beaches and in public parks across New Jersey
Oyster Creek Shutdown Will Cost $1.4 Billion, Take 60 Years
Tom Johnson | June 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Decommissioning report to Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicates Exelon will initiate lengthy closure procedure mid-September
PSEG Plans to Spend More Than $5 Billion on Power Grid Upgrade, Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists that expenditures will not spike ratepayer’s bills, but Rate Counsel, others remain skeptical
Fishermen’s Energy Gets ‘Third Wind’ on Offshore Wind Pilot
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy signs bill requiring BPU to accept application from Fishermen’s, third time project will come before state agency
Will New Jersey Ban the Bag — or Impose 5-Cent Fee on Each One?
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
One piece of legislation would phase out plastic bags entirely, while another would charge consumers a nickel — with the money going toward lead abatement
Federal Agency Says NJ Must Bear Full Cost of $1.2B Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU argues reliability upgrade mandated by regional grid operator benefits New Jersey and New York, but FERC says Garden State must foot the bill
At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
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