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Lawmakers Move to Keep Liberty State Park Free from Commercial Schemes
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The 1,200-acre park, with stunning views of the NYC waterfront and ‘Lady of the Harbor,’ doesn’t need a marina or amusement park, advocates argue
Power Execs Press Electric Grid Operator for Help On Revenues
Tom Johnson | February 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies have been lobbying for reforms to raise what they say are depressed prices that threaten the viability of nuclear plants
NJ, Other States Challenge Federal Failure to Curb Coal-Plant Pollution
Tom Johnson | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey and others in Northeast blame Environmental Protection Agency for not clamping down on emissions from upwind states
Rate Counsel Says PSEG, Exelon Failed to Show Need for $300M Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies’ ‘claims of financial hardship fall away’ under close examination, Stefanie Brand contends
Split Legislature Gives Thumbs-Up to Stormwater Runoff Controls
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democratic majority champions measure as an effective tool for curbing pollution of NJ’s rivers and bays; GOP decries envisioned fees as ‘rain tax’
Murphy Urges Full Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New prohibitions would be big victory for environmentalists, residents who have been campaigning for them for years
Panel OKs Spending Bill that Boosts Role of Nonprofits in Preservation Projects
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Groups’ share of open-space funds goes from 2 percent to 10 percent, and from 3 percent to 4 percent for farmland preservation
Stormwater Measure Advances in State Assembly, Opponents Air Criticisms
Tom Johnson | January 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill would facilitate new utilities that could impose fees on property owners. Money would go toward repair or replacement of failing stormwater systems
Enviros Say Proposed DEP Cap on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Not Enough
Tom Johnson | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that rejoining multi-state greenhouse-gas initiative won’t do much good unless New Jersey demands more stringent pollution controls
‘Environmental Justice’ Protection for Poor Communities Approved
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Giving often-unheard neighborhoods a voice in siting of waste-treatment plants and other facilities is a top issue for the Murphy administration
BPU Policy Change Could Cost Consumers Hundreds of Millions in Higher Rates
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Under new regulation, 75 percent of savings from consolidated tax adjustments will go to utilities rather than consumers, reversing the split of earlier rule
PSEG Drives Home Vow to Shutter Nuclear Plants Unless Public Subsidizes Them
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company maintains new filings with state demonstrate case for up to $300 million in annual aid for three years, but most financial information has been redacted
Will Its Own Success Sabotage the Garden State’s Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Add up solar installations — deployed and in the pipeline — and the Garden State has reached the point at which current subsidies expire — before a new program has been put in place
Governor Nominates Two Conservationists to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy addresses concerns of leading environmentalists who had wanted Christie-era holdovers to be replaced
Solar Energy for the Less Well-Off in NJ: A Pilot Program Is Approved
Tom Johnson | January 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Also available to schools, local governments and nonprofits, the program is a scaled-down version of what solar advocates originally wanted
Suez Finds Elevated Lead Levels in Water in Bergen, Hudson Counties
Tom Johnson | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Extent of problem unclear, but likely linked to lead service lines connecting customers to water mains in the street
Governor Stresses Unsafe Lead Levels in NJ Water but Offers No Quick Fixes
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy says it’s time to do something about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure but calls it a national problem that ‘requires a national solution’
NJ Settles with Fiat Chrysler over Software that Cheated on Emission Tests
Tom Johnson | January 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is part of a multistate settlement of a case involving attempts to evade diesel emission controls. An engineering company is also paying for its involvement
Elizabethtown Gas Names Christie McMullen to Leadership Role
Tom Johnson | January 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company appoints industry veteran to top position as it looks to spend $500 million on a major gas-main replacement program
Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ, Other States Adopt New Policies
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey under Gov. Phil Murphy has aggressive goals for renewable sources of energy, but initiatives aren’t expected to deliver immediately
PSEG Sells Defunct Coal Plants in Jersey City and Hamilton for Redevelopment
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer plans to repurpose the sites as state-of-the-art industrial parks serving growing warehouse-distribution business in region
Green Groups: Proposed Overhaul Of Stormwater Rules Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Only 5 percent of NJ waterways meet federal clean water standards, largely due to runoff from developed areas
Microplastic Pollution in Raritan River to Become Major Problem?
Tom Johnson | January 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Newly released study documents presence of nearly invisible plastic particles along stretch of river, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment plants
Is Business Buying Into Murphy’s Clean-Energy Goals? Looks Like It
Tom Johnson | January 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One company is doubling solar capacity at Warren County site, making it the second largest net-metered facility on the East Coast
New Guidelines for Financing Solar Installations in NJ — But Few Details Yet
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Cautious optimism about the state’s proposal to overhaul program that has been faulted for costing ratepayers too much in subsidies
Offshore-Wind Developers and Officials Won’t Reveal Key Details of Proposals
Tom Johnson | January 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars
Top Reports: Yet Another Wake-Up Call for This Region on Warming Climate
Tom Johnson | December 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
A new federal study details the environmental and economic damage that NJ and rest of northeastern U.S. can expect from effects of climate change
Top Reports: New Jersey Is More Vulnerable than Most States to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | December 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
One scientific report says it’s up to us whether we respond to this threat ‘by implementing science-based, coordinated, and equitable solutions — or walk, eyes open, toward a crisis’
PSEG First to File for Subsidies to Keep Its Nuclear Plants Online
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU approves filing, ratepayers could shell out $900 million over three years, but independent market monitor says units will operate in the black through 2021
Rejected for One Offshore-Wind Project, Company Rebounds with Bigger Plans
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
EDF Renewables announces joint venture for a project eight miles out from Atlantic City, aims to have it in operation by mid-2020s
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