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Suez Speeds Replacement of Lead Service Lines, Aims for 25% by End of Year
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Water company had come under pressure from towns in northern New Jersey to accelerate the program
PSE&G Wants to Spend Almost $900M on Resiliency of Natural-Gas Network
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue most of the backup pipelines will never be needed, question utility’s decision to invest in infrastructure based on problems not likely ever to occur
Assembly Panel Approves Latest Version of Waterfront-access Bill
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Way is now cleared for full vote on compromise measure bolstering public access to beaches and other waterfront areas
Communities Get the OK to Assess Fees to Fund Stormwater Utilities
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of new charges dismiss them as ‘rain tax,’ but advocates argue utilities will finally make it possible to address runoff, state’s biggest source of water pollution
The Big Challenge for NJ’s Clean Energy: Juggling All the Moving Parts
Tom Johnson | March 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight roundtable is told climate change will be the big driver of changes in how energy is applied, delivered and used in the state and elsewhere
PSEG Disputes New Estimate of Nuclear Profits, Awaits Answer on State Subsidies
Tom Johnson | March 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Independent market monitor concludes that South Jersey plants, for which company is seeking $300 million in annual state aid, will net big profits over the next few years
Small Price Blip for ACE Customers as BPU Eyes $12B in Rate Increases All Told
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Garden State utilities are modernizing the power grid, boosting energy efficiency, looking to roll out electric vehicles — and racking up a sizable tab for their customers
FEMA Knocks State Plan to Lessen Stormwater Runoff Problems
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal disaster management agency questions whether proposed improvements go far enough in reducing urban flooding
Keeping Liberty State Green and Clean of Inappropriate Privatization
Tom Johnson | March 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation to preserve the park as an urban green oasis easily cleared committee, possibly helped along by Treasury looking into selling state assets
Arguments Heat Up as PSEG Fights for State to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company claims South Jersey plants uneconomic otherwise. Rate Counsel Stefanie Brand accuses it of ‘holding a gun to the regulators’ head’
AG Takes Aim at ExxonMobil Over Polluted Site in Gloucester County
Tom Johnson | March 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New lawsuit stands in contrast to Christie administration settlement with oil giant over former refineries in Linden and Bayonne
Will NJ Consumers End up on Hook for Transmission Line to Other States?
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision not to rehear cost allocations for $278 million power line could hit Garden State ratepayers right in their wallets
Upgraded Classification for 750 Miles of NJ’s Rivers and Streams
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Deemed most ecologically sensitive, Category One waterways are protected against any degradation in water quality
Energy Suppliers Ordered to Stop Passing on Higher Costs to Customers
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Tens of millions of dollars on the line as third-party suppliers dispute Board of Public Utilities’ order not to increase fixed rate during term of contracts
BL England Decision May Doom Pipeline but Natural-Gas Projects Still On
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents cheer abandonment of plan to convert South Jersey coal units to natural gas. Companies forge ahead with plans for big investments in natural gas
Part of VW Settlement Fund Goes to EV Charging Stations, Electric Buses
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Hundreds of charging stations to be installed across state and NJ Transit in Camden is to get some electric buses
Plan to Convert BL England Plant to Natural Gas Is Dead on Arrival
Tom Johnson | February 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After nearly a decade of bitter fighting, RC Cape May Holdings raises white flag over proposal to build natural-gas pipeline in Pinelands
Criticizing Inaction on Lead in New Jersey Schools’ Drinking Water Supplies
Tom Johnson | February 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Linda Greenstein says Department of Education should ‘tighten up its rules on testing’
Building NJ Barrier Against Trump Team’s Rollback of Environmental Rules
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation proposed by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin would keep federal regulations from the pre-Trump era in force in the Garden State
NJ Cleanup of Car Emissions Put at Risk as Feds Exit California Talks
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Trump administration to end negotiations over California’s fuel-efficiency standards likely will go to court, delaying New Jersey’s own efforts to curb emissions
Businesses, Investors Want to Jump-Start NJ’s Push for Plug-In Vehicles
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Electrifying transportation sector critical to cutting greenhouse gases, achieving clean economy. Advocates argue legislation to get the job done is already in committee
Amendments to Beach-Access Bill Run Afoul of Conservationists
Tom Johnson | February 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One change is especially troublesome, advocates say — replacing ‘shall’ with ‘may’ in a section dealing with DEP’s ability to mandate access
Measure to Keep ‘Dirt Brokers’ Out of Recycling Industry Moves Up, Slowly
Tom Johnson | February 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fears that organized crime could infiltrate recycling sector prompt progress on tough licensing law that would include some background checks
Lawmakers Want Inventory of Lead Service Lines in Public Water Systems
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Issue is a ‘very top priority’ for municipalities but they say they will need financial help to do the work
PSEG: We’re Not Bluffing About Shutting Down Nuke Plants
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
To bolster argument for subsidies paid by power customers, company says it would begin taking its three plants offline this fall if it doesn’t win its case
‘Green’ Groups Ask Murphy for Moratorium on New Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition reports that if the 12 natural-gas projects are built, they would undercut administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050
More Job Losses Last Year for New Jersey’s Solar Sector — Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 700 jobs shed, it’s a second straight year of decline in a sector that’s key to New Jersey’s renewable-energy future
Working with Private Sector to Torque Up Municipal Energy Systems
Tom Johnson | February 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New measure would harness private money, expertise to drive energy efficiency at hospitals, wastewater-treatment plants, universities, prisons
Another Expert Casts Doubt on Need for NJ to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | February 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Economist also disputes PSEG’s contention that South Jersey plants will have to close within three years unless given subsidies
Good News for Consumers: NJ Electric Bills to Hold Steady
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After past volatility in the market, new rates for residential and small commercial customers to dip a little or rise a little
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