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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
Great Adventure Agrees Not to Clear Forested Land for Solar Farm — For Now
Tom Johnson | October 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
A coalition of environmental groups have filed injunction with courts to block project, arguing it violates township regulations, Energy Master Plan
Rate Counsel Faults Verizon’s ‘Haphazard’ Plan for South Jersey Telecom
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In filing with state BPU, division renews call for full-scale investigation into issues stopping telecom giant from rolling out fiber, high-speed internet
Scorecard Ranks NJ 24th in Energy Efficiency, Down 3 Spots from Prior Year
Tom Johnson | September 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among reasons for state’s slide, diversion of clean-energy funds and utility business model that does not encourage investment in energy efficiency
NJ Energy Resilience Bank Getting Ready for Second Round of Withdrawals
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some $135 million in federal loans and grants to go to projects to ensure power stays on at wastewater treatment plants and hospitals
Public Service Enterprise Group’s New Venture, Selling Energy Retail
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company is quietly setting up PSEG Energy Solutions to sell electricity and gas to commercial and industrial accounts
PennEast Proposes Route Changes to Lessen Environmental Impact
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists raise concerns that modifications were announced after public comment period was over
Scorching Summer of 2016 Yields Dozens of Bad-Air Days
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More stringent standard helps push to 24 the number of days NJ failed to meet acceptable levels for smog
New Jersey Natural Gas Settlement Will Add $7 a Month to Customer Bills
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Rate increase far smaller than 24 percent boost originally sought in 2015
NJ Needs to Accelerate Efforts to Get More Electric Cars on Road
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But charging infrastructure remains more fizzle than sizzle, making low- or zero-emission vehicles a very tough sell
PSE&G Sets Pace for Replacing Cast-Iron Mains with Plastic Pipes
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But with 4,000 miles of iron pipe in its system, state’s largest utility has a long way to go
Getting Scrap Tires off the Pile and into Recycling
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
There are good uses for scrap tires — on kids’ playgrounds and equestrian tracks, for instance — but safe disposal is key
$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
PSEG Power Considers Decommissioning Two Coal-Fired Plants
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that low cost of natural gas has put economic pressure on coal and nuclear units
Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
Frustrations with Verizon’s Basic Phone Service Continue to Simmer in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates call on BPU for in-depth investigation of connectivity problems with telecom giant’s copper-line service
As E-Waste Piles Up, Disposal Costs Continue to Mount
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More and more towns and counties are shelling out serious cash as they try to keep up with a seemingly endless stream of junked PCs, TVs, other electronic gear
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