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New Jersey Gets Scorched by Increasing Number of Extreme-Heat Days
Tom Johnson | October 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Climate change is fueling hotter summers, boosting the intensity and frequency of heat waves, and sending more people to the ER
Trump Makes Few Friends with Scheme to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue proposal is unworkable and unlawful, could drive up consumer energy bills
Environmental Justice: The New Civil Rights?
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Sen. Booker backs bill that would make it easier for low-income neighborhoods, communities of color to block projects that would add to pollution
State Wants to Help Get a Few CNG-Powered Vehicles on Road
Tom Johnson | October 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU program looks to get 10 or more trucks or buses running on compressed natural gas out in traffic, replacing diesel-fueled vehicles
High Arsenic Levels in Some Private Wells in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New study maps where people get drinking water, correlates private sources with presence of arsenic
SJI Picks Up Elizabethtown Gas, Maryland’s Elkton Gas, in $1.7B Deal
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If deal goes through, South Jersey Gas subsidiary of SJI will be the second-largest gas provider in Garden State
PSE&G Gets Green Light from PJM for 3 New Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trio represents $200 million in new investments, part of $1 billion in transmission-related infrastructure approved by operator of power grid
Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own
As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out
Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact
Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas
State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions
Another Regional Initiative, This One for Zero-Emission Vehicles
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
An eight-state effort wants to help reduce pollution from the transportation sector, NJ’s biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions
Ballot Question Closer to Stop Raiding of Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers and environmentalists see constitutional amendment as only way to keep natural-resources settlements from being siphoned off
After Years of Urging, Christie Puts Barnegat Bay on Pollution Diet
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists approve the move, but some feel bay and aquatic life would be in better shape had he acted earlier, when he had the chance
DEP Wants Public Input on Spending NJ’s Share of VW Settlement
Tom Johnson | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is in line to get $72.2 million to help clean up air pollution in the transportation sector
Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
After six years on the outside, after being yanked by Gov. Christie, the Garden State is almost certain to rejoin regional initiative in near future
Will Trump Administration Give PSEG — Other Utilities — Nuclear Subsidies?
Tom Johnson | October 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Letter to FERC says value of baseload plants that produce power all the time is not accurate reflection of their role
Getting to 2030 Renewable Levels Without Going Broke
Tom Johnson | September 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Aggressively ramping up renewable energy could help state halve carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, new report asserts
Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hotter summers, more extreme storms, increased flooding — a statewide dialogue hopes to hammer out a climate-change policy for the Garden State
Climate-Change and Clean-Energy To-Do List for Next Governor
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two dozen state leaders have prepared a plan to help next administration get right to work cleaning up New Jersey’s environment
Some Residents Will See Small Uptick in Heating Bills Next Month
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New rates reflect generally rising costs of natural gas because of increased demand
New Jersey’s Solar Sector Is Thriving: Now Let’s Fix It
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU to launch industry study, review if current structure has outlived its usefulness, should be replaced
New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050
Tom Johnson | September 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury
State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted
Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas
Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns
Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend
Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve
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