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Tom Johnson

NJ Spotlight

Tom Johnson appears in the following:

In Rare Move, Christie Blocks Pinelands Pay Raise

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The governor vetoes the Pinelands Commission meeting minutes and environmentalists cry foul.

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Ten Years to Rebuild Smarter, More Resilient Jersey Shore, Experts Say

Monday, December 10, 2012

It will take a decade to rebuild the Jersey Shore, and when it is done its economy may be different and there may be a much smaller population, according to a disaster expert who oversaw the recovery of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Smart Grid, Meters, No Magic Bullet for Damage Done by Major Storms

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, some policymakers and legislators say the state needs to create a smarter power grid, making the system more resilient and quicker to recover from major storms.

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JCP&L Rate Hike Request Doesn't Cover Costs Piled On by Sandy

Monday, December 03, 2012

When Jersey Central Power & Light filed a rate increase request late Friday, it was modest by utility standards. It seeks only a $31.5 million increase, a proposal that would boost monthly bills for most residents by 1.4 percent.

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Officials Tackle Daunting Task of Rebuilding NJ Coastal Towns

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

As state officials began a series of hearings to map out how New Jersey plans to rebuild the coast, which is the heart of a $38 billion tourism industry, more questions than answers were raised as a Senate committee began exploring how best to recover from the storm. It could be a long time before any consensus is reached.

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Sandy Spurs New Look at Underground Power Lines, Grid Upgrade

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has prompted utility regulators to take a new look at measures New Jersey has shied away from in the past – including replacing some above-ground power lines with underground systems -- largely because of the huge price tag that likely would jack up electric rates for consumers.

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Moody's Maintains NJ Utility Credit Ratings, Despite Soaring Restoration Costs

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The worst storm ever to hit New Jersey has caused enormous headaches for its two biggest electric utilities, as well as millions of their customers, but will not result in lower credit ratings, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

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NJ's Aging Infrastructure No Match for Superstorm

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Even before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, New Jersey faced mind-boggling upgrade costs to modernize its aging infrastructure: from drinking water facilities, to mass transit, to structurally deficient bridges — among other pressing projects.

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Utilities Restore Power After Sandy, but Ratepayers Will Pick Up the Bill

Monday, November 05, 2012

When the state’s utilities are finished restoring power to millions of customers in the wake of Sandy, the final bill will be passed on to ratepayers, who already face more than a quarter of billion dollars in increases from last year's two powerful storms.

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Hurricane Sandy: Will the Utilities Do Any Better This Time?

Monday, October 29, 2012

With predictions of a potentially catastrophic storm hitting New Jersey, many residents probably will spend lot of time without any power this week.

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Water Companies Will Earn Faster ROI on Infrastructure Upgrades

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Parts of New Jersey's water and sewer systems are more than 100-years old. Given that the average usable life of pipe is about 50 years, this situation is an accident waiting to happen. Why don't the utilities move to address the problem? They're worried about how long it will take them to recoup their investments. But they now have one less thing to worry about: A state agency has made it possible for them to recover their money far faster.

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Senate Committee Struggles to Gain Traction for Cleaner Vehicles

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Few dispute the notion that New Jersey needs to expand efforts to usher in a new era of cleaner vehicles, a step advocates say will improve air quality and potentially create tens of thousands of well-paying, green jobs.

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Grid Operator, Incumbent Power Suppliers, Attempt End-Run Around Consumers

Friday, October 12, 2012

In a step angering officials in New Jersey and Maryland, the regional operator of the nation’s largest power grid is moving to adopt rules that the states say will make it tougher for them to subsidize the new power plants needed to increase reliability and lower costs for consumers.

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What's Ahead for New Jersey's Solar Sector?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Jersey’s solar industry is at a crossroads, a somewhat surprising development given its wildly successful record in the past decade.

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Roadwork Ahead: NJ Bill Would Give New Job to Environmental Infrastructure Trust

Friday, September 28, 2012

For years, the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust has earned widespread praise for helping local governments clean up New Jersey’s waterways by issuing low-interest loans to upgrade wastewater treatment plants, not to mention creating a huge amount of jobs in the process.

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NJ Supreme Court Decision Could Make It Tougher to Pursue Polluters

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state must demonstrate a cause-and-effect connection before it holds a suspected polluter responsible for contaminating groundwater or other natural resources, even if a hazardous discharge has occurred.

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Cost of Subsidizing Offshore Wind May Have Hit a Downdraft

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The developer of the state’s first offshore wind farm is telling regulatory officials that the project's impact on ratepayers will be significantly lower than a similarly scaled initiative in Rhode Island, which is likely to be the first operating wind farm off the East Coast.

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Senate Committee Takes Up More Than a Dozen Bills for Alternative-Fueled Vehicles

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Jersey has one of the most ambitious clean energy programs in the nation, but some have criticized the state for not doing enough to promote the development of electric vehicles and other alternative-fueled cars.

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NJ Begins Planning for the Next Major Storm

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Warning that extreme weather is here to stay, state regulatory officials yesterday began weighing steps that New Jersey electric utilities should take to improve response times when restoring power to customers.

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Angry Critics Call NJ's Blueprint for Growth Too Radical

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Christie administration’s draft strategic investment plan is touted by officials as a blueprint for spurring economic development in New Jersey, a goal seemingly embraced by many.

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