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Study Shows An Already Strong Green Economy In NJ, Poised For More Growth
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 52,00 workers, clean energy in New Jersey employs about as many people as UPS, Walmart, and Verizon combined
Questions Abound over Key Study of NJ’s Potential to Cut Energy Use
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utilities among those querying underpinnings of a study that could help to determine state’s energy efficiency policies
Measure Approved to Reduce Global Warming, But Some Doubt It Has Teeth
Tom Johnson | May 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill is supposed to ensure decrease in pollution that causes climate change, but some activists doubt that it’s strong enough
Private Partners to Fund Overdue Energy Upgrades at Government Facilities?
Tom Johnson | May 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers warm to prospect of private investment in long neglected projects, including in renewable energy
Lawmakers Embrace Goal Of A Fossil-fuel Free New Jersey By 2050
Tom Johnson | May 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Business groups say bill approved by committee moves too fast, while advocates say concrete steps are needed to stem global warming
Rate Counsel Challenges Nuclear Subsidy in Appellate Court
Tom Johnson | May 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The amount of the surcharge, which PSEG helped determine, likely to be a linchpin in the proceedings
Pallone Aims for Complete Ban on Asbestos, Blocking New EPA Rule
Tom Johnson | May 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental Protection Agency has OK’d limited use of the substance linked to deadly cancer; congressman says anything less than a full ban ‘unacceptable’
Potential Identified for Big Energy Efficiencies in NJ
Tom Johnson | May 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis suggests 20 percent cut in electricity use and 11 percent cut in gas use possible, with achievable savings of $14 billion
In Battle To Counteract Climate Change, A New Reason To Hug Trees
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Roughly 2.5 million metric tons of the carbon emissions that cause global warming are stored in New Jersey’s forests
State Approves Utility’s Scaled-Back Program of Upgrades
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L to embark on two-year improvement of overhead distribution lines, with expanded vegetation management and more smart technology
Another Push for NJ Ban on Plastic Bags and, Maybe, Paper Bags Too
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With many New Jersey municipalities already having passed ordinances to reduce the use of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam containers, move is on for a statewide policy
Governor Signs Law that Strengthens Public Access to Beaches
Tom Johnson | May 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some proponents concerned about ‘vague language’ in new law that holds tidal waters and waterfronts are preserved for public use
SEC Filing: PSEG Yet to Decide About Equity Stake in Offshore-Wind Project
Tom Johnson | May 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The BPU is reviewing applications for approval of plans to build an initial cluster of wind farms, to generate as much as 1.1 gigawatts of electricity
New Jersey Wants Trump to Scrap Plans to Drill in Atlantic, Arctic Oceans
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
In letter to Department of Interior, congressional delegation argues state can’t afford to risk coastal communities to gas and oil exploration
New Rule Could Cost Utility Customers Millions, Rate Counsel Challenges
Tom Johnson | May 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Regulation changes how certain savings are split, now giving lion’s share to utilities at the expense of customers
BPU Considers Greater Energy Assistance for Poor Residents
Tom Johnson | April 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Subsidies already add a significant amount to customer bills, a situation likely to worsen as utilities move to strengthen the power grid, roll out infrastructure for electric cars
Lawmakers Want to Know How Much Customers Will Pay to Fund Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | April 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Back-of-the-envelope estimates indicate Murphy’s clean-energy agenda will easily cost more than $15 billion
New Sense of Urgency in State’s Mission to Reduce Global Warming
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As administration officials and climate experts discuss pending actions, legislators are asked to take the social costs of carbon into account
Utility Agrees to Sharp Cut in Proposed Rate Increase, Awaits BPU Approval
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L originally sought almost $400M investment in infrastructure upgrades; settles for a quarter of that amount
Which NJ Ports Could Be Offshore-Wind Industry Hubs? Edge for Paulsboro?
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
States on the Eastern Seaboard vie to become centers of manufacturing, parts assembly and shipping for the nascent industry
State’s New-Look Energy Plan Is Delayed, Now Expected in December
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s overhaul of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan is put off while urgent energy issues are being dealt with
Huge Win for PSEG as Reluctant BPU Approves Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | April 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
‘The board is being directed to pay a ransom,’ said Commissioner Bob Gordon. Upendra Chivukula was the only commissioner to vote ‘no’
NJ Joins Other States to Block Trump Attack on Clean Water Act
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Administration wants to roll back protection of tributaries, wetlands, and the like that shield downstream waters against pollution
Critics Slam PSEG’s Notice of Nuclear Shutdown on Eve of Subsidy Decision
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Foes say it’s an effort to intimidate Board of Public Utilities as it decides whether big subsidies are merited for three nuclear units in South Jersey
As Decision on Nuclear Subsidies Nears, Where Is Consultant’s Report?
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Consumer, environmental, and industry groups want to know why an independent report commissioned by the BPU has yet to be seen by the public
Trump EO Would Stop States from Using Water Quality to Block Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
President looks to prevent states from using Clean Water Act to reject energy projects that could pollute ground water, streams, lakes, and similar resources
Will New Energy Master Plan Make Fossil Fuel a Dinosaur in New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy and BPU president Fiordaliso play it cagey when answering questions about the role of fossil fuel in governor’s clean-energy agenda
Murphy Announces Offshore-Wind Registry to Pair Investors, Companies
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Businesses commend New Jersey’s push to increase reliance on renewables like wind and solar
Cheers — and Some Caution — for Reclassification of NJ’s Rivers and Streams
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists extol plan to upgrade hundreds of miles of waterways with new protections. Business interests question the decision
Clean Water Projects: DEP Agrees Additional State Funding Needed
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The necessity for water infrastructure improvements in New Jersey is expected to outpace available financing
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