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BPU Files with Federal Court, Wants FERC Rehearing on New Way to Pay for Power
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, fearing spikes in power prices, joins with other states to roll back PJM scheme to increase grid reliability
DEP Agrees to New Water Regulations, Legislature Will Not Rescind Rules
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists deeply disappointed in deal, argue that administrative order used to effect change can be revised at any time
Sharing Data: One Key to Keeping Fuel Flowing During Extreme Storms
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
When public and private sectors communicate, critical energy infrastructure has better chance of staying up and running
Obama Administration Has $4.5B for Infrastructure for Electric Cars
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Nationwide program aimed at curing ‘range anxiety,’ by ensuring there are plenty of charging stations available for alternative-fuel vehicles
JCP&L Takes Another Run at Spinning off Transmission Assets
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company adds five current commercial distribution customers to spinoff, hoping to qualify as public utility with power of eminent domain
PSEG Files with FERC to Stop Pipeline Expansion Project in New England
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But opponents of PennEast argue some of company’s objections can also be made against the proposed pipeline, which PSEG backs
Federal Agency Says PennEast Environmental Impacts Could Be Reduced
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s 1,000-plus-page Environmental Impact Statement on proposed pipeline hailed by company as step forward, dismissed by angry environmentalists
‘Greens’ Urge Senate to Post Resolution Rolling Back DEP’s New Water Rules
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues revised regulation streamlines permitting process while protecting water quality and preventing flooding
Will New Jersey’s Long, Hot Summer Mean More Forest Fires?
Tom Johnson | July 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Peak forest-fire season should be over, but hot, dry weather and global warming could contribute to even more acreage being destroyed
Easing the Bureaucratic Burden on New Jersey’s Aquaculture Sector
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Speeding the permitting process should make it easier — and less expensive — for shellfish farmers to concentrate more on their crops
As Temperatures Soar, Lawmakers Turn Attention to Beach Access — Again
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It can still be expensive and difficult for residents eager to swim, surf, or tan to get close to the water along parts of the Jersey Shore
Should Consumers Pay Surcharge to Help Defray Cost of Nuclear Energy?
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PSEG argues that nuclear units should be awarded zero-emission credits, similar to those used to subsidize solar, another carbon-free source of power
Air Pollution from Power Plants Eases Overall, but CO2 Levels Remain High
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey ranked 37th in total carbon-dioxide emissions by tons, a notable achievement given its population and high consumption of electricity
Verizon Customers in South Jersey Finally Get Hearings to Air Gripes
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Longstanding complaints contend that company’s traditional phone network is plagued by outages and not fast enough for high-speed Internet service
Senator Creates Task Force to Keep NJ Utilities Out of a ‘Death Spiral’
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decoupling volume sales from profits may be the only out in a world where energy efficiency and alternative sources of power are becoming order of day
Environmentalists Challenge Grid Operator’s New ‘Reliability’ Regulation
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue rule will drive up prices to consumers and encourage the use of fossil fuels to detriment of clean-energy alternatives
Next Frontier for Regional Planning: The Ocean off Mid-Atlantic States
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State and federal agencies, Native American tribes, join together to plan for effective sharing and management of ocean resources
State’s High Court Lays Down New Law on Liability for Toxic Exposure
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In unanimous decision, court rules that liability under certain circumstances may extend beyond worker’s spouse
Three Heavy Hitters Want to Join Pinelands Pipeline Suit on the ‘Green’ Side
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Former governors Byrne, Florio, and Whitman file amicus brief asking to join litigation against BPU
Do Energy Conservation, Renewables Mean Utilities Must Earn Less?
Tom Johnson | July 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The Legislature again turns it attention to decoupling, which could sever the bond between selling more energy and making greater profits
Task Force to Get Its Hands Wet Assessing NJ’s Aging Water System
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Outdated infrastructure, water-quality issues to be addressed in six-month period given to recommending short- and long-term solutions
Elizabethtown Gas Gets New Parent, Customers Get $40 One-Time Credit
Tom Johnson | June 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Move gives new parent, coal-reliant Southern Co., foothold in natural-gas sector
BPU Wants Utilities to Pay More Attention to Costs on Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other state regulators, federal agency to raise concerns about economic impact of transmission costs on consumers
Eleventh-Hour Compromise Could Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Deal could end ongoing argument between lawmakers and Christie that has stalled projects to preserve farmland, historic structures, undeveloped land
Averting Another Collapse in New Jersey’s Solar Sector
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A proposed commission would look at the fundamentals of the solar industry, including whether ratepayers should continue to subsidize it
Overriding Conditional Veto May Be Only Way to Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If the Legislature doesn’t act -- and act successfully -- there will once again be no money to preserve open space and historic structures
Restored Historic Terminal at Liberty State Park Reopens to Public
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It took four years and $20 million dollars to get the terminal back in shape after Hurricane Sandy literally blew through it
Some Customers in a ‘RAGE’ Over JCP&L’s Proposed New Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility argues 10-mile-long high-voltage line increases resiliency, but members of Residents Against Giant Electricity aren’t buying it
Giving Communities an Affordable Way to Finance Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Easy access to funds is part of the key, along with a special assessment on improved buildings, such as churches, schools, and factories
Christie’s Reasons for Kicking Back Open-Space Bill Under Scrutiny
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor claimed measure must also fund Blue Acres, but the DEP says that program has $120 million in its coffers
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