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Solar Energy for the Less Well-Off in NJ: A Pilot Program Is Approved

Tom Johnson | January 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment

Also available to schools, local governments and nonprofits, the program is a scaled-down version of what solar advocates originally wanted

Suez Finds Elevated Lead Levels in Water in Bergen, Hudson Counties

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Extent of problem unclear, but likely linked to lead service lines connecting customers to water mains in the street
Where Are NJ’s New Chemical Rules? Enviros Accuse DEP of More Foot-Dragging on PFAS
Jon Hurdle | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The DEP denies tomorrow’s stakeholder meeting will mean further delay in setting health limits on two toxic chemicals
Governor Stresses Unsafe Lead Levels in NJ Water but Offers No Quick Fixes
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy says it’s time to do something about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure but calls it a national problem that ‘requires a national solution’
NJ Settles with Fiat Chrysler over Software that Cheated on Emission Tests
Tom Johnson | January 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is part of a multistate settlement of a case involving attempts to evade diesel emission controls. An engineering company is also paying for its involvement
Elizabethtown Gas Names Christie McMullen to Leadership Role
Tom Johnson | January 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company appoints industry veteran to top position as it looks to spend $500 million on a major gas-main replacement program
Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ, Other States Adopt New Policies
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey under Gov. Phil Murphy has aggressive goals for renewable sources of energy, but initiatives aren’t expected to deliver immediately
PSEG Sells Defunct Coal Plants in Jersey City and Hamilton for Redevelopment
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer plans to repurpose the sites as state-of-the-art industrial parks serving growing warehouse-distribution business in region
Green Groups: Proposed Overhaul Of Stormwater Rules Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Only 5 percent of NJ waterways meet federal clean water standards, largely due to runoff from developed areas
Microplastic Pollution in Raritan River to Become Major Problem?
Tom Johnson | January 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Newly released study documents presence of nearly invisible plastic particles along stretch of river, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment plants
Is Business Buying Into Murphy’s Clean-Energy Goals? Looks Like It
Tom Johnson | January 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One company is doubling solar capacity at Warren County site, making it the second largest net-metered facility on the East Coast
New Guidelines for Financing Solar Installations in NJ — But Few Details Yet
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Cautious optimism about the state’s proposal to overhaul program that has been faulted for costing ratepayers too much in subsidies
Offshore-Wind Developers and Officials Won’t Reveal Key Details of Proposals
Tom Johnson | January 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars
Top Reports: Yet Another Wake-Up Call for This Region on Warming Climate
Tom Johnson | December 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
A new federal study details the environmental and economic damage that NJ and rest of northeastern U.S. can expect from effects of climate change
Top Reports: New Jersey Is More Vulnerable than Most States to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | December 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
One scientific report says it’s up to us whether we respond to this threat ‘by implementing science-based, coordinated, and equitable solutions — or walk, eyes open, toward a crisis’
NJ Joins Lawsuit to Derail Offshore Oil Exploration
NJTV News Online | December 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Trenton joins in multistate effort to reverse Trump administration’s approval of seismic testing
PSEG First to File for Subsidies to Keep Its Nuclear Plants Online
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU approves filing, ratepayers could shell out $900 million over three years, but independent market monitor says units will operate in the black through 2021
Rejected for One Offshore-Wind Project, Company Rebounds with Bigger Plans
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
EDF Renewables announces joint venture for a project eight miles out from Atlantic City, aims to have it in operation by mid-2020s
Cape May County Launches New Tool to Help People Prepare for Tidal Flooding
WHYY News | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
GIS-based system will indicate potential arrival of floods, track water levels, and identify areas most likely to be hit
State Rejects Atlantic City Offshore-Wind Project for Third Time — Too Pricey
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Nautilus official says ‘state is missing out’ as Board of Public Utilities gives thumbs-down to 25-megawatt wind farm
NJ Joins Multi-State Plan to Curb Pollution from Trucks, Buses, Other Vehicles
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Regional initiative will include a cap on carbon emissions from the combustion of traditional transportation fuels
Administration Sets Rules for NJ Rejoining Regional Initiative to Curb Pollution
Tom Johnson | December 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s muted praise for proposed new cap on carbon emissions, as some environmental groups push for tougher restrictions
PennEast Now Faces Tough Scrutiny from DEP after Winning Court Battle
Jon Hurdle | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal judge grants eminent domain in New Jersey, but pipeline company must still meet many environmental standards
Newark Sued over Handling of Lead-Contaminated Water
NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council asks federal judge to force the city to immediately give water filters to East Ward residents
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Housing Development in Sensitive Area of Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists ‘extremely disappointed,’ want Murphy administration to try to acquire the land before it can be developed
Rain Gardens in NJ: Small Projects Help Alleviate Stormwater Problems
Jon Hurdle | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It will take billions to bring New Jersey’s water infrastructure up to standard. In the meantime, clean-water activists are helping communities make small changes to mitigate stormwater damage
Scramble for Funds as More Money Allotted to Preserve Open Space, Farmland in NJ
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interest groups are jockeying over how $155 million will be divided, with some concerned the Blue Acres program, which buys up flood-prone properties, might lose out
Warnings that Trump Change to Clean Water Act Would Be Bad for NJ Rivers
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would revise Obama rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways
NJ Efforts to Roll Out Zero-Emission Vehicles Taking Back Seat to Other Initiatives?
Tom Johnson | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advocates argue that electrifying transportation sector would save money for drivers and other consumers, but Rate Counsel wants to put on the brakes, citing steep subsidies
Judge Grants First Eminent Domain Case to PennEast in Pennsylvania
Jon Hurdle | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company says ruling will allow it to complete surveys. New Jersey landowners await ruling from different judge
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