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New Push to Target Low-Income Communities for Solar Projects
Tom Johnson | October 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans have for the most part been left out of growing renewable-energy developments in the state. That may be about to change
State’s Tidal Wetlands Could Be Swamped by Rising Seas — Report
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of acres of tidal wetlands in the region, including in New Jersey, said to be at risk from effects of climate change
PSE&G Wants to Spend $4B on Clean Energy in Six Years
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility proposes range of investments that could make it leading force in state’s energy policy. Not everyone’s reassured by that prospect
Does NJ Need Stormwater Utilities to Stem Polluted Runoff and Flooding?
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The utilities, common in other states, would levy fees on residents and businesses to fund improvements in stormwater systems
Lawmakers Plan to Ban Plastic Carryout Bags, Straws, Food Containers
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Adding a 10-cent fee on paper bags, according to proponents, should encourage consumers to switch to environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic
Modernizing the Grid in NJ Vital to Achieving Clean-Energy Targets
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State urged to move away from traditional transmission and distribution lines, concentrate instead on ‘non-wire’ new technologies
Fresh Impetus for Energy-Saving Measures in NJ, But State Has Fallen Far Behind
Tom Johnson | September 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
For years, energy conservation has been a state priority more in theory than in practice. The Murphy administration has set new goals, but there’s disagreement about how to achieve them
Utilities in NJ to Be Let Get More Aggressive Trimming Trees, Clearing Vegetation?
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Massive power outages during spring storms precipitated review of utilities’ rights to manage vegetation. Critics say proposed legislation goes too far
Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJNG will extend its popular SaveGreen Project and offer residential, commercial, and industrial customers ways to lower their bills
Trying to Spur EV in NJ with Wave of Fast-Charging Stations, Rebates
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Months of negotiations have led to a new effort to electrify New Jersey’s transportation sector with a measure that tries to allay ‘range anxiety’ for consumers
NJ Ready to Solicit Bids for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Solicitation expected to be just first step in realizing governor’s aggressive goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030
The Future of Nuclear Power in New Jersey: Crucial Hearings Set to Begin
Tom Johnson | September 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
With public hearings imminent, the debate begins in earnest about what part nuclear should play in the state’s future and whether utility customers should pay billions of dollars to prop it up
Countdown to Critical First Step in Offshore-Wind Application Process
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Key action for governor’s ambitious clean-energy goals imminent, as developers press to take advantage of federal tax credits
Officials Defend Pace of Coastal Back Bays Study as Residents Fend off Floods
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers range of defenses, including new floodwalls and storm-surge gates, but construction unlikely before 2026
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
Governor Urged to Block Discharge of Fracking Waste in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A ban on fracking in the watershed is expected later this year, but there’s still a proposal to allow discharge of fracking waste in the region. Murphy is being asked to prevent that happening
NJ Urged to Electrify Transit Sector Rapidly, Starting with Bus Fleet
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There isn’t a single electric bus in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles. Environmentalists are pushing for that to change posthaste
Stricter Chinese Recycling Rules Make It Harder to Dispose of Waste in NJ
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
China will no longer accept some materials and wants others to be much cleaner. As a result, recycling has become more complicated and more expensive for communities across New Jersey
Sharp Divisions over Nuclear, Natural Gas in State’s New Energy Plan
Tom Johnson | September 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At a hearing on updating New Jersey’s energy master plan, significant differences are raised over what the energy mix could — or should — be
As Public Concern About PFAS Climbs, EPA Urged to Set Enforceable Standard
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination worries
EPA Funds Will Help Garden State Resolve Some of Its Water Woes
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The $84 million to be distributed across New Jersey will go toward addressing outstanding issues with sewage treatment and drinking water
Pilot Community Solar Project Could Be Getting Its Moment in the Sun
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration looks to deliver the benefits of solar power to low- and moderate-income customers
NJ Becomes First State to Regulate Carcinogenic Chemical as EPA Lags
Jon Hurdle | September 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Garden State water systems must start testing for PFNA in early 2019
BPU Gets Down to Job of Deciding Which Nuclear Plants Will Be Subsidized
Tom Johnson | September 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency to follow two-step process, creating zero-emission credit program and then determining which applicants qualify for ratepayer subsidies
Wind Power in New Jersey: How Big and How Soon?
Tom Johnson | August 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New report suggests Garden State is uniquely placed to make hay with wind, but critics have doubts and developers say state must push the process
Move in Congress to Weaken Clean Water Act Could Have Big Impact in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of PennEast pipeline say if law is revamped, it would make it ‘extremely difficult’ to fight such projects
Owner Guilty of ‘Extreme’ Violation of Law that Preserves NJ Farmland
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supreme Court rules that alterations to field destroyed it for other agricultural uses, criticizes state for failing to give clear guidelines on what’s allowed on preserved agricultural land
FERC Rebuffs Requests to Reconsider Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents to take their case to federal courts, where they believe they have still a chance to stop the natural-gas project
Map Zeroes in on Pollution in Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A new interactive map shows threats, old and new, to vital water source. It underlines challenges that remain for river that ‘has come back from the brink’
Federal Court Blocks EPA From Rolling Back Pesticide Ban
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court says federal agency can’t ease restrictions on chlorpyrifos, so New Jersey doesn’t have to enact its own prohibition
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