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Lethal Heat Waves in Offing Without Global Action; Heat Index Would Leap in NJ
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has averaged three days per year with heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit; that could go to 49 days by the end of the century if nothing is done
Unhappy Enviros Blast Murphy’s Draft Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition of environmental groups argue draft plan doesn’t impose a needed moratorium on new fossil-fuel projects
Changing of the Guard at New Jersey Resources
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After steering company for two decades, Laurence Downes to step down; he has been a big booster of a clean-energy economy for Garden State
Thinking Small Could Alter Power Grid by Integrating Small-Scale Power Systems
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Distributed energy resources like solar arrays and CHP can help customers save while giving utilities a way to trim spending on local, long-distance infrastructure
Advocates Optimistic About Bid To Monitor PFAS In Water Systems
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Amendments to annual federal defense spending bill contain language that could help define scope of the contamination
Explainer: Trump Repeals Obama Clean Power Plan, Offers Slacker Alternative
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2019 | Explainer
A 60-day window is open for challenges to EPA’s adoption of new rule concerning emissions from coal-fired plants; challenges to the new regulation are expected
Lake Hopatcong Closure Seen as Wake-Up Call for State’s Watersheds
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The shutdown of New Jersey’s largest recreational lake because of harmful algae blooms is not an isolated case; conservationists warn that something must change
NJ Joins Other States in Asbestos Lawsuit Against Trump’s EPA
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Officials say federal agency is failing to collect data on the importation and use of the known carcinogen
Ørsted’s Plan for Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Danish developer could bring German manufacturer of turbine foundations to Paulsboro, one way it can deliver economic-development benefits to help create green-energy sector
Call on State to Ensure EV Development Is Equitable, Helps Poorer Communities
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition urges statewide plan to electrify transportation sector, making sure that communities hit hard by pollution are prioritized
New Law Simplifies How State Allocates Funds to Preserve Open Space
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Farmland, historic properties and conservation nonprofits garner a larger share of funds
Researchers, Scientists Look for Natural Solutions to Fight Climate Change
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rutgers and Duke Farms embark on five-year project to turn 2,700 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands, and wetlands into an experimental carbon sink
Enviros Irked by Changes to Measure that Tackles Sources of NJ Food Waste
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Late amendments will allow waste to continue to flow to garbage dumps and incinerators if they have systems to capture methane gas
Newest Nomination to Pinelands Commission Joins Four Others Waiting
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy wants to remake commission, ending Christie-era focus on building pipelines through the preserve, but state Senate letting confirmation hearings languish
PSEG Power Unloads Two Coal-Fired Plants in Western Pennsylvania
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Transaction expected to close late in 2019 leaves power producer with a single coal-burning facility already scheduled for early retirement
Finally, Major Movement on Governor’s Promises for Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Approval for a $1.6B wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City readies state to become significant participant in the sector
Quick Changes Made to Law on Privatized Cleanups at Toxic Waste Sites
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decade-old program addressing pollution at contaminated industrial properties is fine-tuned, but some environmentalists have concerns
What’s in Store for Energy Storage, A Key Element of NJ’s Clean-Energy Future?
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Development of systems that capture and store power will be a necessary but long, complicated and expensive undertaking
Big Question For Offshore Wind: Who Gets Power To The Customers?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As state BPU mulls three wind-farm projects, feds move to gauge industry interest in building a regional transmission system
NJ Ready to Rejoin Regional Effort to Curb Pollution, Clears Another Obstacle
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection’s adoption of new rules upends Christie decision to pull out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2012
Counting the Costs of Pipeline Projects for Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis finds PennEast and Mariner East 2 pipelines will significantly increase pollution, degrade natural habitat and rack up big social costs
BPU OKs Elizabethtown Gas’s Proposal to Rip Up, Replace Aging Mains
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utility’s scaled-down plan covers 250 miles of infrastructure, as well as excess-flow valves on new service lines, but should have no impact on customers’ bills
Legislators Move to Fine-Tune Law for Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Business interests mostly in favor of proposed changes, while some environmentalists have concerns
Whitman, Other Former EPA Heads Tell Congress Agency Failing Core Mission
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Former NJ governor warns that federal agency is ‘retreating from its mission,’ calls out failure to address climate change or even allow scientists to discuss it
Draft Energy Master Plan Maps NJ’s Journey to Clean and Green 2050
Tom Johnson | June 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Unsurprisingly, Murphy administration’s EMP reverses many of the policies of its predecessor, but some environmentalists are calling for even more
Wrestling with Devilish Details of How to Curb Energy Use in NJ
Tom Johnson | June 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A year-old law could save gas and electric customers a lot of money, but it’s apparent at an NJ Spotlight roundtable there’s no consensus on how to implement the law
DEP Denies Permits for Natural Gas Pipeline Under Raritan Bay
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Dredging of contaminated sediments and construction of compressor station near habitat for barred owl cited; company is expected to resubmit application
Critics Up in Arms as DEP Permits Sewage Treatment Plant in Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for a controversial development in Tewksbury may end up in the courts
Administration Promises Almost $25M to Electrify Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | June 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Partnership among state agencies could help speed rollout of fast-charging infrastructure, while rebate program could put more NJ drivers behind the wheel of electric vehicles
No Increase in Funds for Clean Energy Overall but Extra for Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | June 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration phases out diversion of funds from Clean Energy Program, more money is being directed toward measures that would reduce energy use
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