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State Needs to Step Up Attempts to Curb Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | August 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In rare meeting of both legislative environmental committees, lawmakers get a tough assessment of what New Jersey needs to do to fight climate change
NJ’s Farmland Preservation Initiatives Get Much-Needed Funding
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A package of four bills dedicates $65 million to help towns, counties, the state, and nonprofits put money into protecting farmland
DEP Denies Permits for 1,800-Unit Housing Development in Lakewood
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chosen site, a former golf course, would wind up with 70 percent impervious cover once project was complete — markedly increasing stormwater runoff
With FERC at Quorum, PennEast Pipeline Likely to Move Ahead
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Two commissioners have been approved at agency, opening way for project to use eminent domain to gather environmental data along its route
Appeals Court Approves Housing Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | August 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court defers to DEP’s expertise regarding wetlands, endangered species, and impact of proposed sewer connection on water quality
EPA Reverses Decision Not to Implement Smog Rule
Tom Johnson | August 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency announces it will move ahead with Obama administration rule on ground-level ozone, aka smog
Coalition Dismisses PSEG’s Threat to Close Nuclear Units as a ‘Scare Tactic’
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group of businesses, consumer advocates, and environmentalists says company must open its books and prove they're losing money on nuclear
Reasons Justifying Pinelands Pipeline Called into Question
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
‘A high-priced solution for a problem that does not really exist’ is how consultant to Pinelands Preservation Alliance describes Southern Reliability Link
Can Congress Help NJ’s Offshore Wind Industry Get Cranking?
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bipartisan legislation that would extend tax credits for investments in the renewable energy could give state’s efforts at offshore wind a lift
Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Build Solar Farm in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules in favor of facility on capped landfill, even though site had been permanently set aside as undeveloped open space
Solar Eclipse Won’t Leave New Jersey Without Lights, Power
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Up to 2,500 megawatts of solar generation will be temporarily affected by the eclipse, but grid operator has plenty of power in reserve
PSE&G Poised to Invest $69M in Energy-Efficiency Program
Tom Johnson | July 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But state’s largest utility could spend much more, if allowed to decouple sales from distribution
PSE&G Wants to Spend $2.7B to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would cost $540M annually, install 1,250 miles of new gas mains all told
Fed Rollback of Clean Water Rule Could Threaten Half of NJ’s Streams
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Repeal could ‘devastate’ Delaware River Basin, according to critics, source of drinking water for 6 million people
Grid Operator OKs PSE&G’s $275M Substation Upgrade
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plan calls for utility to build new facility adjacent to 60-year-old Newark Switch substation
Fed Flood Program Has Spent $660M Repeatedly Rebuilding Same NJ Properties
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A much-needed reform to nation’s flood insurance would give homeowners the option to be bought out rather than rebuild
‘Greens’ Intensify Efforts to Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Coalition delivers 64K signatures to five-member commission tasked with protecting source of drinking water for 16 million people
By 2030, State Looks to Reduce Food Waste by 50 Percent
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Keeping food waste out of dumps and landfills can help reduce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming
PSEG Nuclear Wants to Boost Power Output of Hope Creek Plant
Tom Johnson | July 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company waiting on approval of application submitted to Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase output capacity by 1.6 percent
A Big-Picture View of How Climate Change Is Affecting the Garden State
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The Fund for New Jersey outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent climate change from being disastrous for the state
Federal Court Upholds Illinois Decision to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ruling will have ramification in NJ, where PSEG Power has already broached subject of state incentives to keep its nuclear units up and running
Lead in Water Remains Pervasive Problem in New Jersey Schools
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than half the school districts in Bergen County have lead — a dangerous neurotoxin — in faucets and other fixtures
NJ Spotlight Fields Your Questions About the Garden State’s Water
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
We asked our readers to tell us what they wanted to know about the state’s water. Here’s where we deliver the answers
Christie Rejects Bill to Rejoin RGGI, for Third (and Last) Time
Tom Johnson | July 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor claims NJ has no need to rejoin initiative since it is already a leader in curbing carbon emissions and has met its own mandated standards
Is This New Jersey’s Future? Chronic Flooding from Sea-Level Rise
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Under a worst-case scenario, some 130 communities in the Garden State could be inundated every other week
Draft Water Plan Leaves Critics Dissatisfied on Several Key Fronts
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The plan, they contend, doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises, head off likely deficits, and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies
NJ Solar Sector Could Be in for Overhaul, with Solar Credits on Way out
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Another attempt to smooth out industry’s boom-and-bust cycles, this one by ultimately phasing out solar subsidies paid to array owners
NJ Seeks to Ban Pesticide Given Clean Bill of Health by EPA
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos can potentially cause developmental damage to children, vomiting and dizziness in adults
State Looks to Private Partners for Help Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | July 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With government coffers depleted, state considers public-private partnerships as a way to help finance local and state projects
State Starts to Think Seriously About Deploying Microgrids
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trenton’s downtown thermal-energy district funded to determine if microgrids can deliver power and other vital services when power grid goes down
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