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Offshore Wind Hits Early Turbulence: Who Will Bring the Power Ashore?

Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment

Battle erupts over who will deploy lucrative transmission lines to reach customers, pitting wind developers against transmission companies

Former EPA Official to Lead Highlands Council

Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appointment seen as move by governor to reshape body that oversees environmentally sensitive region
Federal Court Stops EPA From Easing Rules on Truck Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Temporary stay blocks agency from lifting limits on glider trucks, whose rebuilt engines can spew 40 times more pollution than today’s engines
It Was Once a Superfund Site, Now It’s a Solar Farm
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transformation of former landfill in South Brunswick emblematic of governor’s plan to greatly increase renewable energy in NJ. But, can more developers be enticed to invest in solar?
Court Upholds Fine for Unlicensed Transportation of Solid Waste
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dirt hauler delivered solid waste to Old Bridge development instead of supplying ‘clean fill.’ The waste contained a known carcinogen
JCP&L Wants Approval for $400M Upgrades to Its Grid
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility, criticized by governor for poor performance during winter storms, says it needs rate increase to carry out thousands of improvements. Advocates fear consumers will pay more
Big ‘Ecological Impact’ to Follow Removal of Warren County Dam
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multimillion-dollar project to clear away Columbia Lake Dam gears up. Will shad and other species come back to restored habitat?
State Urged to Do More to Battle Air Pollution
Colleen O'Dea | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jerseyans are breathing more than their fill of dirty air, according to a new report. Surprisingly, it found the most bad-air days in 2016 were logged in bucolic Warren County
Go/No-Go for Power Plant on One of NJ’s Most Pristine Waterways
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP gives exemption to proposed development in Highlands, but also deems project inconsistent with water-quality regulations
Energy Official Threatens New Jersey Brexit from PJM Regional Power Grid
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities president unhappy with ‘lip service’ and decisions that lead to NJ customers paying more for electricity
State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After progress stalled under Christie administration, new governor has ambitious agenda. But developers worry time will run out before they can access federal tax incentives
Is NJ Ready for Water-Use Fee to Fund Billions in Upgrades of Aging Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Bob Smith has long argued for a toll to help fund renewal of New Jersey’s century-old water system. He thinks the time just might be right to get it done
Law that Would Put 5-Cent Fee on Plastic, Paper Bags Up in Air as Governor Decides
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Jockeying continues over legislation — or some other initiative to curb spread of plastic — as Murphy’s decision awaited
FINE PRINT: This Is What You Can Expect from NJ’s Revised Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Look for dramatic revisions, given that when governor ordered state officials to overhaul the plan, he emphasized need to shift to clean energy sources
State Senate OKs Prescribed Burns in Pinelands, Other NJ Woodlands
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controlled burns reduce wildfires, while improving ecological health of forests and wooded areas
NJ Joins Suit to Stop EPA From Easing Rules on HFCs Linked to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency loosens its own limits on hydrofluorocarbons, compounds used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, and other processes
State Starts to Wind Down Program Used to Encourage Solar Installations
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Steep costs to utility customers who subsidize this renewable energy leads Board of Public Utilities to move away from solar credits, but new system has yet to be determined
Staving Off Diversions of Lead-Abatement Funds — Constitutionally
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Committee clears bill that would dedicate portion of sales-tax revenue to stripping lead-based paint from New Jersey homes, most common source of lead exposure for kids
BPU Blocks JCP&L Plans for High-Voltage Power Line in Monmouth County
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency agrees with activists, administrative law court, and rate counsel — sees no need for proposed $111 million power conduit that would run close to schools and homes
NJ Lawmakers OK 5-Cent Fee on Plastic/Paper Carryout Bags
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If Murphy signs on, law could reduce clutter in landfills and landscapes, but it won’t deliver money to lead-abatement programs — as originally intended
Lawmakers Look to Divert Funds Before State Has Money in Hand
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A proposed 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags could bring in $23M for lead abatement, but the funds are being diverted — even before the new legislation is law
Feds Release Long-Awaited Report on Health Risks of Chemical Family
Jon Hurdle | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New health standards on 14 chemicals in the PFAS family raise concerns about current EPA limits — or the lack of them
The RPA Wants to Welcome You to the Meadowlands National Park
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Regional Plan Association has seen the future of the Meadowlands — and its egrets, ospreys, and bald eagles — as a vast wetlands preserve
Does ‘Rain Tax’ Have a Chance of Staunching State’s Stormwater Runoff?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill voted out of key Senate committee would let towns and counties assess fees on sources of runoff to cover cost of managing stormwater
Could Climate Change Erode Real Estate Markets in Coastal New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If chronic flooding inundates New Jersey communities, homes could take a big hit, according to new report, as well as property taxes that fund schools and roads
ACE Seeks Rate Increase to Recoup Costs of Modernizing Its Power Grid
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU signs off on $99.7M filing, residential customers of Atlantic City Electric would see average monthly bill climb by about $11
Getting Lead Out of NJ’s Water Means First Finding How It’s Getting In
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Package of bills would require public water systems to compile list of lead service lines, public schools to maintain online database of lead-testing results
Is a Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Works for the Musconetcong River?
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Preliminary discussions between project developer and state and local officials explore building the plant on the state’s top trout stream
A Change of Name, Not Mission, for ‘Bank’ That Funds Clean Water Across NJ
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Under its new name, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will still loan money to stem pollution from sewage treatment, upgrade drinking-water systems
Lawmakers Look to Create Standard Penalties for Polluters
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
By developing a sliding scale for damage to natural resources, state would have a better chance to compel ‘bad actors’ to clean up pollution
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