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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Housing Development in Sensitive Area of Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists ‘extremely disappointed,’ want Murphy administration to try to acquire the land before it can be developed
Scramble for Funds as More Money Allotted to Preserve Open Space, Farmland in NJ
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interest groups are jockeying over how $155 million will be divided, with some concerned the Blue Acres program, which buys up flood-prone properties, might lose out
Warnings that Trump Change to Clean Water Act Would Be Bad for NJ Rivers
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would revise Obama rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways
NJ Efforts to Roll Out Zero-Emission Vehicles Taking Back Seat to Other Initiatives?
Tom Johnson | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advocates argue that electrifying transportation sector would save money for drivers and other consumers, but Rate Counsel wants to put on the brakes, citing steep subsidies
Murphy Officials Undo Christie’s Septic-Tank Density Rule for Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists, who had strongly resisted former governor’s easing of environmental standards, welcome move but wonder about provision for further evaluation
Murphy Urged to Expand Participation in Wind-Power Initiative
Tom Johnson | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Business and environmental groups say it would be a costly mistake to allow the same companies that generate power offshore to have a lock on its transmission to the rest of the grid
Enviros Turn Up Heat on Governor to Stop Fossil Fuel Developments in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of groups, critical of Murphy for not reversing Christie policies, join campaign calling for moratorium on new power plants and pipelines
NJ Begins Strategic Planning for Murphy’s Offshore-Wind Goals
Tom Johnson | December 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plan is in the works but hopes of quick results probably are optimistic given the time it will take to build a supply chain and infrastructure
Take a Deep Breath, Is New Jersey Poised to Cut Back on CO2 Pollution?
Tom Johnson | December 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers consider bill that would clamp down on short-term pollutants like methane, but could charge state DEP to restrict CO2 pollution, most of which stems from transportation sector
Pumping Up State Spending on Open Space, Land Preservation, Parks
Tom Johnson | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Extra funding to help acquire open space and to deal with ‘massive backlogs’ in park maintenance after logjam between Christie administration and legislators
‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Chance to Make New Jersey Capital of Offshore Wind?
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Big tax credits being readied for developers, but state put on alert that huge investments necessary to enable ports to handle massive turbines, other equipment
Smith Aims to Get State on Faster Track to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State lawmaker seeks to put the squeeze on Murphy administration to deliver on ambitious goal of lowering carbon pollution
Lawmakers Tap $160M in Pollution Damages to Restore Habitats
Tom Johnson | November 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Money from ExxonMobil case would be part of allotment for several restoration projects, but environmentalists concerned that funds are not properly targeted
Federal Report on Climate Change Has Grim Warnings for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | November 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s no sugarcoating the conclusions of major document. It underlines threats to health and well-being in the Northeast
BPU Comes Up with Game Plan for Deciding if Nuclear Plants Qualify for Subsidies
Tom Johnson | November 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board also opts to give Rate Counsel and PJM monitor access to operator’s confidential financial data indicating if nuclear plants running in the red or the black
Court Rules Against Bid to Open State Lands to Black Bear Hunt
Tom Johnson | November 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s prohibition holds for now. Sporting groups pledge to continue their fight to overturn it
EPA Pledges to Clamp Down on Pollution from Heavy Trucks
Tom Johnson | November 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency promises new standard for emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that’s a big issue in a corridor state like New Jersey
Despite Sandy, Building in Risky Flood Zones Continues Unabated
Tom Johnson | November 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Report questions how seriously policymakers and officials have taken the threat from climate change. Advocate suggests that decision was made to stay put and ‘live with the risk’
New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight offshore-wind roundtable, advocates help chart a path to administration’s aggressive goal — 3,500 megawatts of capacity by 2030
The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills
BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers
New Jersey Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question
Tom Johnson | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Funds will go to expanding career-training facilities at high schools and county colleges, tightening school security, and getting lead out of drinking water at Garden State schools
Court Faults DEP in Changes to Radon Rules
Tom Johnson | November 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court also upholds finding that largest radon testing company in state committed violations
Power Grid Found to Be Reliable but Future Possible Risks Identified
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New analysis identifies extreme scenarios that could lead to outages — unusually frigid weather, spikes in customer demand, plant retirements, and more
BPU Edges Closer to Smart Meters, Asks Utilities for Cost-Benefit Analyses
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advanced metering infrastructure could help power companies respond more efficiently to nor’easters and other storms, restore service more quickly
Gas Utility Figures to Spend More than $500M to Replace 300 Miles of Old Pipes
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Elizabethtown Gas proposes a big overhaul of its distribution system, parts of which are more than a century old
Energy Storage: What’s in Store for New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU chief: Ability to store energy is ‘critical for our future’ as examination of state’s energy-storage needs and opportunities gets underway
Probe into Newark Woman's Death after Power Shutoff Finds Errors at PSE&G
Tom Johnson | October 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Human error and systemic failures at utility cited as cause of delay in restoring power to home of woman on hospice care during heat wave
NJ Joins Fight Against Trump Administration’s Rollback of Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | October 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, 20 other states want federal agencies to withdraw a proposal that would ‘gut’ clean car standards
Ban on Disposal of Fracking Waste in NJ Nears but Some Enviros Have Qualms
Tom Johnson | October 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Same groups that previously backed prohibition want to focus instead on fracking ban coming before Delaware River Basin Commission
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