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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
State DEP: Getting Lead Out of NJ Water Pipes Could Cost $2.3 billion
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some 350,000 supply lines bringing drinking water to New Jersey residents are thought to have lead components
DEP Permit Would Let Treated Sewage Be Dumped into Rockaway Creek
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Highlands Council, joined by others, argues scheme incompatible with regional master plan
Murphy Undoes A Pair of Executive Orders Issued by Christie
Tom Johnson | April 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democrat offers new framework of principles governing economic growth and protecting the health, welfare and environment of residents
11,000-Acre Pinelands Blaze Contained but Not Explained
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fast-moving wildfire edges close to Route 72, but responders — helped out by rain — keep conflagration from crossing roadway
Another Utility Wants to Spend Big on Pipeline, Other Projects
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Natural Gas is seeking approval for investments that would increase residential customers’ monthly bills
Watchdog Agency Again Finds Fraud in Heating-Assistance Program
Tom Johnson | March 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Nearly 7 percent of aid recipients in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may have underreported their income
Rate Counsel Opposes PSE&G’s $2.78 Billion Energy-Efficiency Filing
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Ratepayer watchdog contends utility overestimated how cost effective six-year program would be, recouping costs contrary to Clean Energy Act
Despite Favorable Political Winds, Scant Progress in NJ on Climate Change
Tom Johnson | March 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental advocates weigh in on why pollution-control efforts in the Garden State have lagged, and on prospects for reaching the state’s goal on carbon emissions
On the Waterfront: State Poised to Grant Public Greater Access to Beaches
Tom Johnson | March 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill goes to governor that would expand public access to beaches, waterfront areas while leaving contentious issues like parking and fees for future debate
Coalition Gets Antsy, Urges Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | March 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Growing frustration over state’s failure to make headway against pollution caused by transportation sector; groups want rebates to boost sales of electric vehicles
Suez Speeds Replacement of Lead Service Lines, Aims for 25% by End of Year
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Water company had come under pressure from towns in northern New Jersey to accelerate the program
PSE&G Wants to Spend Almost $900M on Resiliency of Natural-Gas Network
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue most of the backup pipelines will never be needed, question utility’s decision to invest in infrastructure based on problems not likely ever to occur
Assembly Panel Approves Latest Version of Waterfront-access Bill
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Way is now cleared for full vote on compromise measure bolstering public access to beaches and other waterfront areas
Communities Get the OK to Assess Fees to Fund Stormwater Utilities
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of new charges dismiss them as ‘rain tax,’ but advocates argue utilities will finally make it possible to address runoff, state’s biggest source of water pollution
The Big Challenge for NJ’s Clean Energy: Juggling All the Moving Parts
Tom Johnson | March 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight roundtable is told climate change will be the big driver of changes in how energy is applied, delivered and used in the state and elsewhere
PSEG Disputes New Estimate of Nuclear Profits, Awaits Answer on State Subsidies
Tom Johnson | March 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Independent market monitor concludes that South Jersey plants, for which company is seeking $300 million in annual state aid, will net big profits over the next few years
Small Price Blip for ACE Customers as BPU Eyes $12B in Rate Increases All Told
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Garden State utilities are modernizing the power grid, boosting energy efficiency, looking to roll out electric vehicles — and racking up a sizable tab for their customers
FEMA Knocks State Plan to Lessen Stormwater Runoff Problems
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal disaster management agency questions whether proposed improvements go far enough in reducing urban flooding
Keeping Liberty State Green and Clean of Inappropriate Privatization
Tom Johnson | March 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation to preserve the park as an urban green oasis easily cleared committee, possibly helped along by Treasury looking into selling state assets
Arguments Heat Up as PSEG Fights for State to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company claims South Jersey plants uneconomic otherwise. Rate Counsel Stefanie Brand accuses it of ‘holding a gun to the regulators’ head’
AG Takes Aim at ExxonMobil Over Polluted Site in Gloucester County
Tom Johnson | March 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New lawsuit stands in contrast to Christie administration settlement with oil giant over former refineries in Linden and Bayonne
Will NJ Consumers End up on Hook for Transmission Line to Other States?
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision not to rehear cost allocations for $278 million power line could hit Garden State ratepayers right in their wallets
Upgraded Classification for 750 Miles of NJ’s Rivers and Streams
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Deemed most ecologically sensitive, Category One waterways are protected against any degradation in water quality
Energy Suppliers Ordered to Stop Passing on Higher Costs to Customers
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Tens of millions of dollars on the line as third-party suppliers dispute Board of Public Utilities’ order not to increase fixed rate during term of contracts
BL England Decision May Doom Pipeline but Natural-Gas Projects Still On
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents cheer abandonment of plan to convert South Jersey coal units to natural gas. Companies forge ahead with plans for big investments in natural gas
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