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Gov. Murphy Plays to NJ Environmentalists from Day One

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment

Inaugural speech touches on climate change, renewables, lead — and making Garden State a ‘green’ leader once more

DEP Won’t Rescind Highlands Septic-Tank Rule, Despite Legislative Action

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency argues lawmakers overstepped authority when they moved to abolish controversial rule increasing number of septic tanks in region
Murphy Names Fiordaliso to Head BPU, Christie Pocket Vetoes Solar Bill
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New BPU president has served agency for more than a decade
Trump Tax Cut Could Mean $850 Million Windfall for PSEG
Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up to $650 million could accrue to PSEG Power, which recently argued unsuccessfully that it needed a subsidy to keep its three nuclear plants afloat
New Legislative Session Offers Second Chance for Bypassed Bills
Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers have already reintroduced a slew of clean-energy bills, expecting them to have a better reception now that Christie’s out and Murphy’s in
State Embarks on Project to Restore 240 Acres of Liberty State Park
Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Initiative — funded by natural resources damage fund — will address contaminated fill in low-lying areas, creating in its place a ‘mosaic of ecosystems’
Administration Plays Favorites, Exempts Florida from Draft Drilling Plan
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJ officials call for same status, arguing state’s $44B tourism industry is just as sensitive to spills and drilling disasters
Brutal Cold Snap Proves Need for PennEast Pipeline
Pat Kornick | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Price of natural gas skyrocketed in New Jersey during recent freeze to more than 3,000 percent of that in Pennsylvania
On His Way out, Will Christie Sign Bill Propping up Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If the governor puts his name to measure, it could cost utility customers nearly $1 billion over next 15 years to subsidize state’s solar industry
Lawmakers Rap DEP, Roll Back Rule on Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Maneuver made possible with rarely used legislative tool allowing rules to be rescinded if found inconsistent with law
Feds Spike Administration Plan to Bail Out Coal, Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision has ramification in New Jersey, where PSEG has been pushing for subsidies to bolster its three nuclear units
NJ May Sign on With U.S. Climate Alliance to Curb Carbon Pollution
Tom Johnson | January 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multistate initiative hopes to counterbalance Trump’s decision to yank United States out of Paris Climate Accord
As Nuclear Subsidy Bill Goes Down, Top Dems Ratchet Up the Rhetoric
Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
War of words erupts between Sweeney and Prieto, extends to Gov.-elect Murphy
Draft Administration Plan Would Open Atlantic to Oil and Gas Drilling
Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Booker, conservationists, and others denounce plan as threat to New Jersey’s $44 billion tourist and fishing industries
PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Killed in Lame-Duck Session
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Almost certain revamped version of bill will be submitted in coming session, one that could fragment fragile alliance now opposed to measure
Panel Recommends $400M Bond Issue to Shore Up NJ’s Water Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It may only be a drop in the bucket toward solving $40B problem, but could help ease breaks and leaks plaguing outdated water system
Opponents Move to Block ‘Millionaire’s Marina’ at Liberty State Park
Tom Johnson | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP seeks to establish new facility on 40 acres of south side of park to finance $40-plus million in needed bulkhead repairs
An Environmentalist’s Case for Nuclear Energy
James J. Florio | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
If you believe that climate change is the most significant challenge confronting the world today, then you should also conclude that nuclear energy must remain part of our energy supply
Lawmakers Ready to Revoke Rule Allowing More Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | January 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controversial DEP regulation eases restrictions on number of septic tanks that are allowed in forested expanse supplying 6 million people with potable water
PSEG Closing in on What It Wants: Panels Approve Nuclear Subsidy Bill
Tom Johnson | December 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At contentious meeting of joint legislative committees, opponents continue to argue that company hasn’t demonstrated nuclear units are in financial distress
Murphy Murky on Plan to Subsidize PSEG Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics line up to block bill but some feel efforts are wasted and legislation will sail through regardless
Nuclear Energy Is Worth Saving
Phil Beachem | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Clean, reliable power is only the beginning; nuclear energy is a significant economic driver for the Garden State
On Closer Look, PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Outrages Opponents
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some foes accuse PSEG of jiggering subsidy to reach the $300M - $350M it wanted in first place
In NJ, Electric Vehicles Could Be Key to Economic, Environmental Progress
Tom Johnson | December 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lower energy costs just one potential benefit offered by EVs, according to experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable
PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost Customers $350M Annually
Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Made public today, bill is expected to be heard by committee next week and come up for final vote early in January, before end of lame duck
PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Filed, Remains Shrouded in Secrecy
Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Details of bill not yet made public, so no clue as to how much utility customers will have to pay to keep nuclear plants afloat
Using Recycled Asphalt in Quarry Reclamation Worries ‘Greens’
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue oils and heavy metals in the material could seep into groundwater if employed for quarry reclamation
Hackers Hit PSE&G Third-Party Partner Used to Store Customer Data
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Exposure at TIO Networks, a PayPal subsidiary, could reach 2.6 million customer accounts
State Asked to Review Regulatory Structure of NJ Retail Gas Market
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Industry association argues ensuring more competition would drive down prices to customers
Debate over EV Charging Infrastructure Starts to Power up
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More questions than clarity dog discussion: What role will utilities and local governments play in distributing charging stations throughout state?
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