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State Agency Presses Case for Drastic Cuts in JCP&L Rates
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2014 | Energy & Environment
NJ Rate Counsel seeks to resolve 3-year-old petition targeting utility’s excessive profits, lack of investment in infrastructure
Mission Accomplished: Solar Sector is Stable, BPU Report Concludes
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Legislation passed in 2012 has done its job, review says, guiding once-volatile sector to stability
State-Sanctioned Deal Moves Energy Resiliency Bank Closer to Reality
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Low-interest loans could help keep power on at critical facilities even if power grid is knocked out of service
State Environmental Agency Gives B.L. England Power Plant Another Lease on Life
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Coal-burning facility, sometimes cited as dirtiest in NJ, has two more years -- possibly to convert to natural gas
PSE&G Initiative Lets Employees at NJ Firms Charge Electric Cars at Work
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Goal is to learn how workplace charging will affect load on power grid
Obama Administration Announces Seismic Testing Off Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | July 21, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Decision opposed by environmentalists, state lawmakers, and Democratic members of Congress
Feds Want to Lease Offshore Wind Sites On Thousands of Acres Off New Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Leases are a start, but state has yet to come up with financing mechanism for offshore initiatives
State, Environmentalists Clash Over New Rules for Water Quality
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment
DEP may change policy for regulating nitrates, pollutant found in fertilizer considered to be harmful to infants
Can 'Decoupling' Utility Sales, Profits Deliver Cleaner Energy?
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates argue decoupling will only drive up customer bills, already far too high in New Jersey
BPU Questions PJM Plan to Route Power Line Through Wildlife Refuge
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2014 | Energy & Environment
State agency indicates proposal will cross three environmental management areas, argues viable alternative exists
Explainer: What It Really Takes to Keep the Lights On in the Garden State
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2014 | Explainer
Aging power plants, pipelines blocked from crossing protected land, financing schemes that won't fly -- it's not just a matter of throwing a switch
New Jersey Solar Sector Achieves Some Stability -- at Least for Now
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Developers and industry experts disagree on whether market needs to be tuned and tweaked or simply left alone
No Cheap or Painless Way to Fight Global Warming, Warns NJ Working Group
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Report identifies transportation sector as largest source of carbon pollution, responsible for 42% of greenhouse-gas emissions
Marathon Legislative Session to Address Critical Energy Issues Facing New Jersey
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions looms large on agenda, especially since environmentalists and some lawmakers feel that Christie is not doing enough on this front
State Banks on Energy Resiliency to Keep Critical Facilities Up and Running
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2014 | Energy & Environment
BPU's Energy Resiliency Bank will finance projects that keep delivering electricity even when power grid goes down
Christie Takes Another Tack to Get Out of Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Administration will follow formal rulemaking process, making it virtually inevitable that New Jersey will not participate in RGGI
PSE&G 'Energy Strong' Gets Cooking On Hoboken Gas Grid
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Out with the old low-pressure cast-iron mains, in with high-pressure plastic pipe that won’t be flooded out by a storm surge
Climate Change May Hit Urban Poor the Hardest, According to New Report
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2014 | Energy & Environment
People of color, low-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to exposure to toxins, other damaging effects of extreme storms like Sandy
The List: 10 Tips to Save Energy During Hot Weather From the BPU
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2014 | The List
Just because the temperature is soaring doesn't mean your energy bills have to follow suit
State, Conservationists Join to Block Seismic Testing off Barnegat Bay
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
DEP scheduled to file challenge in federal court today, arguing that testing will have negative impact on marine life, commercial fishing
PSE&G Solar Cuts Deal for New Facility Near Sizzling and Sunny El Paso
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Texas purchase adds another 13 megawatts to solar subsidiary's overall portfolio -- for $22 million
BPU Wants to Protect Consumers From Misleading Claims About Power Prices
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New initiative may put tougher regulations in place to shield customers from third-party energy suppliers who don't deliver on promises of cheaper electricity, gas
Maybe Next Year: Open-Space Funding Not Likely to Make It to November Ballot
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Cancelled Assembly session last chance for measure unless lawmakers take it up in time for early August deadline
Methane-Capture Facilities at New Jersey Landfills In Danger of Being Shuttered
Tom Johnson | June 30, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Division of Rate Counsel blocks bill to award economically inefficient landfill projects additional renewable energy certificates
Open-Space Bill Sails Through Senate, but Assembly Deadline Looms
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2014 | Energy & Environment
If lower chamber doesn't act, voters will not be able to consider constitutional amendment come next Election Day
Make Climate Change Integral to State Policies, Report Recommends
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2014 | Energy & Environment
State needs to take wide-angle view of possible trouble spots, from coast, to cities, to farmland
Democrats Looking to Take Bigger Bite Out of Clean-Energy Fund Than GOP
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Since Christie took office, more than $1B has been diverted from fund -- by the administration and the Legislature
NJ's Effort to Promote Zero-Emission Vehicles Stalled in Slow Lane
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
New report shows NJ being passed left and right by neighboring states' drive to get electric vehicles, hybrids on road
Lawmakers Mount Another Push to Keep 'Fracking' Waste Out of State
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2014 | Energy & Environment
'Greens' worry about drinking water, businesses believe ban could mean higher prices for natural gas
Poll Shows Voters Favor Using Corporate Business Taxes to Fund Open Space
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2014 | Energy & Environment
Sizable majority favor scheme, but proposed constitutional amendment can't gain traction in Assembly