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DEP Turns Down Plan for Massive Development in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
‘The struggle is not over,’ cautions one opponent of project for commercial space and thousands of houses in Barnegat Bay watershed
It’s All Upbeat in New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Update Despite Cost
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers are briefed on goals and prospects for NJ’s clean-energy industry. Positive financial return and new jobs are emphasized
Collapse of NJ Solar Industry, Big Layoffs If No Interim State Plan — Warning
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Executives suggest urgent need for temporary system to incentivize solar development before transition to Murphy administration’s new approach
Shaping Up for a Big Fight in NJ on Question of Right to a Clean Environment
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supporters seek voter approval for constitutional amendment to copperfasten people’s right. Opponents warn of endless litigation and a stifling of economic development
New Initiative Would Smooth the Road for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Comprehensive plan would help clean up the transportation sector, largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions — but at what price?
State Advised Yet Again to Reject Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultant tells Board of Public Utilities that Nautilus proposal is too small and would cost New Jersey ratepayers too much
Put Vehicles Powered by Fuel Cells in NJ’s Clean-Energy Agenda — Lawmakers Advised
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration goes full-speed on its clean-energy program, proponents of fuel cells are worried their technology could be left out
State’s $5.1 Million Deal Preserves 2,200 Acres of Watershed
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP and other funders join forces to acquire Hudson Farm properties in Sussex County, saving forests, streams, and mountaintops
State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Fund, which stems from auto manufacturer’s settlement for cheating on emissions testing, will focus on urban areas, promote electric vehicles
Ørsted Looks to Pick Up Deepwater Wind for $510 Million
Tom Johnson | October 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Danish company’s move indicates growing interest in nascent U.S. offshore-wind sector among European companies
PSEG Affirms It Will Shut Down Nuclear Plants Unless It Gets Big Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
With $300 million at stake, scrutiny of the plants’ economic viability likely to be the most contested issue
New Jersey Ranked ‘Most Improved’ State for Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Garden State nabs 18th spot in nationwide analysis, up five places from 2017 assessment
PSE&G Agrees to Keep Bills Stable but Fails to Get Go-Ahead for ‘Decoupling’
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility agrees to re-examine its shutoff policies, particularly for people who rely on medical equipment
Utilities Submit Proposals for Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
While some residential customers may end up paying $30 more annually, large energy users may see their bills rise by $1 million a year
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
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
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