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NJ’s Top Two Utilities Could Do More to Help Customers Cut Energy Use, Costs
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National scorecard of 51 largest utilities ranks PSE&G, JCP&L near bottom when it comes to saving consumers money with energy efficiency
$500 Million Slotted for Sewage-Treatment, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Funds to be distributed by Environmental Infrastructure Trust, well-regarded financier for clean-water projects for several decades
Murphy Calls for Permanent Ban on Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Democratic candidate for governor wins election, it could help swing Delaware River Basin Commission to follow his call on fracking
Outlook for Clean Energy Budget: Dollars Fall, Diversions to Continue
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Diversions may dip slightly, but funneling money away from its intended purpose has cost fund some $1.5 billion over past seven years
EPA Delays Federal Ozone Standard, Slows NJ’s Efforts to Reduce Smog
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without standard, NJ can’t crack down on cars, trucks, businesses that pump ozone into the atmosphere
Garden State Solar Sector Continues to Heat Up, Though Clouds on Horizon
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey deployed nearly 400 megawatts of solar capacity in 2016, fifth-highest ranking in United States
DEP, Lawmakers Clash Over Development in the Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Assembly votes to stop state agency from boosting number of septic tanks in pristine preserve, source of drinking water for millions in NJ
State’s Proposed Wetlands Rule Would Speed, Simplify Developer Permitting
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics particularly concerned about new rule that would allow developers to certify they’ve met all regulations without any DEP oversight
Trump Administration Opens Way to Drilling for Oil, Gas Off Atlantic Coast
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National Fisheries Service proposing permits for seismic surveys off coast; ‘greens’ say surveys first step to full-throttle drilling
Angling to Get New Jersey into the United States Climate Alliance
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers look to have Garden State join California, New York, other states in a domestic accord to curb carbon-based pollution
With Democratic Governor, Garden State Would Be Much Greener
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Elections 2017
Candidates are mostly in accord on ramping up renewables, rejoining RGGI, and reversing some of Gov. Christie’s environmental and energy programs
Home Heating Costs Likely to Tick up with Price of Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ homeowners could see their monthly bills increase by as little as 80 cents or as much as $8.00 depending on which utility they use
In Unexpected Move, BPU Holds off Advancing Two Controversial Rules
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency decides not to move on regulations that would ease oversight of utility infrastructure investments, speed rate collection from customers
Without Subsidies, Three Mile Island Could Go Dark, Operator Asserts
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In an argument that mirrors the one made by PSEG, Exelon says it can’t afford to keep TMI in service without help from Pennsylvania ratepayers
PSEG Power Retires Two Biggest Coal-Burning Plants in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Shuttering the plants follows a national trend, as cleaner, cheaper natural gas supplants coal across the country
GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Divided on Energy, Environment
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017
Guadagno favors regional approach to greenhouse-gas emissions; for Ciattarelli, a national program makes more sense
Lawmakers Push Back on Development in Highlands, Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In two votes along mostly party lines Democrats block more septic tanks in the Highlands, and position the Garden State to rejoin RGGI
PSEG Chief Wants Customers to Use Less Energy, Without Taking Financial Hit
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Izzo’s message: there are ‘billions’ to be made from energy efficiency, while industry and regulators squabble ‘over tens of millions’
NJ Customers Can Expect to Pay More as Power Prices Spike in Capacity Auction
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PSEG Power’s decision to retire two coal-burning plants contributes to steep increase, along with continuing problems of congestion on the grid
Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As is becoming increasingly common with environmental efforts, backers are looking beyond Christie administration for success
2018 Budget Plan Puts Cleaning Up Brownfields Above Easing Climate Change
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites
Assembly Panel Looks to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration
Tom Johnson | May 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in kids, can cause nausea and other conditions in adults
Sarlo Airs Concerns About Nuclear Subsidies at Budget Committee Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president Mroz favors regional approach to problem, rather than a state-by-state solution
Push to Make Diversions from Clean Energy Fund Unconstitutional
Tom Johnson | May 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Advocates disagree over whether siphoning should be shut down immediately or allowed to continue on a limited basis for five-year phase-out
Consumer Advocates Question BPU Scheme to Streamline Grid Upgrades
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue against giving utilities the opportunity to push through infrastructure projects with minimal review and collect on investments more quickly
Constitutional Amendment to Stop Diverting Clean Energy Funds?
Tom Johnson | May 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
For some environmentalists, an amendment won’t be on the books fast enough. They want lawmakers and governor to cease and desist immediately
As FERC Moves Closer to Quorum, ‘Greens’ Hope State DEP Will Block PennEast
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Thus far, FERC lacks power of eminent domain needed to complete DEP’s permitting process
Moody’s: Glut of Cheap Natural Gas Could Depress Prices, Challenge Suppliers
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Investment house cautions cheap gas from Marcellus Shale could speed shutdown of coal plants, boost pressure for nuclear subsidies
State Allocates $59 Million for Open Space, Recreational Facilities
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money is first to come from 2014 constitutional amendment to use portion of corporate business taxes to protect undeveloped land, finance recreational projects
Court Overrules DEP Permit to Discharge Wastewater in Highlands
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appellate remands paperwork to DEP, arguing it did not properly follow regulations when issuing original permit
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