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Next Superstorm Could Drive Flood Surges Even Higher in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | November 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Hurricane Sandy did almost incalculable damage to north and south, but it took an essentially northern route on its track of destruction
Can Short-Term Fix to Solar Sector Help Stave off Potential Collapse?
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Increasing reliance on the renewable technology could stabilize downward trend in market, but Division of Rate Counsel raises questions about costs
Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service
NJ Hopes to Ease Range Anxiety by Boosting Number of EV Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | November 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One plan would put charging stations at every service area on state’s toll roads to build out infrastructure for electric vehicles
Trapping Season Starts Tuesday with Foothold Trap OK’d by Court
Tom Johnson | November 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
According to ruling by the appellate court, Division of Fish and Game correct in concluding new traps are neither cruel nor inhumane
Feds Push Back Review of PennEast Pipeline Project into 2017
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also wants pipeline company to submit new data and make corrections to its application
Solar Storage Pilot Could Increase Reliability During Extreme Storms
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PSE&G solar system uses lithium ion batteries to deliver power to school if grid goes down
Pinelands Pipeline Hits Snag, Sent Back to Commission, BPU
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State appeals court remands project to Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities for proper approval
NJ to Be Part of National Network of ‘Charging Corridors’ for EVs
Tom Johnson | November 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal program hopes to overcome range anxiety for electric vehicles by ultimately locating charging stations every 50 miles along Interstates 80 and 95
Making Sure Pollution Settlements Go to Restoring Natural Resources
Tom Johnson | November 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposed constitutional amendment would prevent damages from environmental lawsuits from being diverted to the general fund
New Electric-Vehicle Coalition Writing Map to Get EVs on Road in NJ
Tom Johnson | November 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
ChargEVC hopes to tackle the tough questions, like how a statewide vehicle-charging system will affect the power grid
PSE&G Will Move Ahead with Grid-Connected Solar Array on Smaller Scale
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility gets the nod for $80M, 33-megawatt array, sharply lower than $275M, 100-megawatt facility originally proposed
ACE Customers Reap Second Benefit from Exelon Buyout of Pepco Holdings
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Original deal had ‘most-favored jurisdiction’ clause ensuring ratepayers would receive equal benefits as those in other states affected by agreement
Lessons of Sandy Not Lost on Utilities Seeking to Spend More on Resiliency
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
South Jersey Gas wants state approval of $500 million upgrade to its gas distribution system; PSE&G will disclose plans next year
Hurricane Sandy Survivors Face a New Threat — from the State
Tom Johnson | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Demands for repayment of grants used for rebuilding, threats of foreclosure are only two of the troubles Sandy victims now have to deal with
Switching to Electric Vehicles Could Save State $4B by 2050
Tom Johnson | October 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Breaking transportation sector of the gasoline habit could also reduce asthma attacks, visits to emergency rooms, and premature deaths
NJ Must Reduce Global-Warming Pollution in Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | October 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Getting low-carbon vehicles on the road is imperative, but the roadblock remains the lack of charging stations for electric cars and trucks
Fundamental Changes in Power Industry Will Change Life in NJ, Northeast
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One of most significant benefits of this transformation: Lower greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to global warming
At DEP Drought Hearing, Repeated Calls for State Water Plan
Tom Johnson | October 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency says updated plan isn’t ready for release, but state has all the tools it needs to fight water shortage
State Poised to Issue First Drought Warning in More Than a Decade
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today’s public hearing of Department of Environmental Protection will document drought conditions in more than a dozen north and central New Jersey counties
State Not Doing Enough to Protect Poor from Pollution, Advocates Argue
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight on Cities conference, environmental justice session explores how to better serve minority communities, poor urban centers
Move Afoot to Ban Bear Hunting in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Hunting opponents argue it increases rather than reduces human-animal conflicts, call instead for better bear management
Converting Food Waste into Fuel for Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Making smart use of biomass could be a win-win: It can be used a source of power and it prevents methane from being released into the atmosphere
Does Driving Down Energy Use Mean Rethinking Utilities’ Business Model?
Tom Johnson | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some states are successfully using ‘decoupling’ as a way to get power companies to convince customers to use less energy — without taking an economic hit
Probe Uncovers Fraud at Program to Help Poor Pay Energy Bills
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Malfeasance includes paying benefits to dead woman, as well as to state employee earning $90,000 a year
Making Sure Sea-Level Rise Doesn’t Swamp New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Accurate plans and projections, including the effect of climate-changing pollution, can help the state do better dealing with coming sea-level rise
State Urges Federal Agency to Impose Cost Caps on Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Large energy companies, utilities increasingly look to transmission to drive profits. Without caps, cost overruns can be passed along to customers
Lawmakers Want Fish and Game Council to Ban Foothold Traps — Again
Tom Johnson | October 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Constitutional tool could be key to outlawing ‘barbaric’ practice
PSEG Takes Two Coal Plants Out of Service, Is Gas Obvious Alternative?
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Back-of-the-envelope calculations puts natural gas ahead on cost, but company is still weighing options on complex question
NJ Looks to Capitalize on New Federal Subsidies for Solar
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State is looking to revamp its solar program, ramping up its reliance on the renewable energy
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