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PSEG Plans to Spend More Than $5 Billion on Power Grid Upgrade, Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists that expenditures will not spike ratepayer’s bills, but Rate Counsel, others remain skeptical
Fishermen’s Energy Gets ‘Third Wind’ on Offshore Wind Pilot
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy signs bill requiring BPU to accept application from Fishermen’s, third time project will come before state agency
Will New Jersey Ban the Bag — or Impose 5-Cent Fee on Each One?
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
One piece of legislation would phase out plastic bags entirely, while another would charge consumers a nickel — with the money going toward lead abatement
Federal Agency Says NJ Must Bear Full Cost of $1.2B Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU argues reliability upgrade mandated by regional grid operator benefits New Jersey and New York, but FERC says Garden State must foot the bill
At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
Clean Sweep for PSEG: Gas Pipelines, Nuclear Subsidies, Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU pledges to be careful on costs to consumers, who will shoulder the burden of subsidies and infrastructure upgrades
New Drive to Finance Clean-Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Municipalities to arrange financing through lenders who would be repaid by special assessment on buildings where efficiency, storm shelters, flood-resistance were upgraded
Boost for NJ’s EV market with More Charging Stations, Consumer Rebates?
Tom Johnson | May 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up for debate: Expedited installation of plug-in stations across New Jersey for electric vehicles and up to $100 million a year in rebates for consumers
Acting DEP Commissioner McCabe Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many committee questions reflect disputes with prior administration headed by former Gov. Chris Christie
1981 Shore Protection Plan to Get Update to Match Today’s Realities
Tom Johnson | May 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sea-level rise, superstorms, shrinking salt marshes reflect changes in conditions since original plan was penned almost four decades ago
State Still Struggling with Stormwater Runoff, Can New Bill Help?
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pollution from stormwater runoff is a $15 billion problem that won’t go away. Stormwater utilities could help Garden State get a handle on the solution
Murphy Request Could Slow Development of Wind Farms off NJ, NY
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds
Offshore-Wind Developers Want More Details on State Straw Proposal
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Realizing the administration’s ambitious goal for offshore wind means working out a funding mechanism, long an impediment for developer schemes
Assembly Committee Makes Fast Work of Bills for Home Energy Assistance
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Included on docket cleared in just six minutes, three-bill package to help end fraud and abuse in federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
State Strategic Plan Looks to Boost Energy Efficiency, Cut Customer Costs
Tom Johnson | May 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Greatest savings most likely will be seen in commercial and industrial sectors, typically the biggest users of energy
Opponents of Bill Urge Governor to Veto or Revise Nuclear Subsidy Measure
Tom Johnson | May 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Trouble continues to dog contentious bill as diverse group raises familiar objections at 11th hour
Bringing Energy Savings to Underserved Market — Multifamily Dwellings
Tom Johnson | May 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultants working on plan to help simplify and streamline state’s Clean Energy Program
New Jersey’s Nuclear Subsidies Could Go to Out-of-State Plants
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
PSEG head acknowledges nuclear plants in Pennsylvania could benefit from subsidies awarded to his company
NJ Signs on to Multistate Lawsuit to Preserve Tough Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The state’s transportation sector is the largest source of carbon pollution in the state, accounting for approximately 42 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions
Is Long Wait for Offshore-Wind Financing Mechanism Over?
Tom Johnson | May 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU announces public hearing on still-undisclosed proposal detailing how utility customers would subsidize offshore wind
BPU Grants Sayreville Steel Plant Discount on Energy Bill
Tom Johnson | April 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency lets Gerdau Steel skate on societal benefit charge — except portion that goes to clean-energy program
PSEG Will Pay $39M for Bidding Errors to Power Grid Operator
Tom Johnson | April 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Mistakes chiefly affect how much customers pay for electricity
Opinion: Sweeney’s Jersey City Gambit for Education Aid
Carl Golden | April 26, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president’s strategy to redistribute aid from overfunded districts is far more palatable than Murphy’s plan to raise taxes
Supersized Natural-Gas Power Plant Would Supply Energy to New York
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
North Bergen OK with proposed site, but administration, environmentalists argue it would add to air pollution in stressed urban area
Newark Faces Court Test over Lead Levels in Water
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Two organizations argue city supplies show nearly twice the federal-action level for the contaminant
DEP Denies Lakewood’s Bid for Designation as Regional Center
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection blocks huge development project for second time, citing failure to address water-supply needs
PSE&G Wants BPU to OK $1.9B Plan to Upgrade Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would enable state’s largest utility to replace hundreds of miles of cast-iron and steel pipes with new gas mains
FERC Reviews Its Policies for Approving Natural-Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Critics say federal agency rubber-stamps projects, without evaluating if a pipeline is truly needed and gauging its environmental impact
State Diverts $69M from VW Settlement to General Fund
Tom Johnson | April 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Clean-air advocates wind up with $72 million, had hoped total amount would go to fighting greenhouse-gas emissions
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