Tom Johnson

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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.


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.


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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Christie Admin Wants Tougher Penalties When Utilities Are Slow to Restore Service

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The state’s four electric utilities would face stiffer penalties if they fail to quickly implement restoration plans in the event of severe storms, according to a recommendation introduced by the Christie administration. The governor wants the Legislature to move rapidly on the proposal, enacting it into law this fall.


Plastic v. Paper: NJ Legislature Readies to Tackle Battle of the Bags

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

They supermarket debate of paper vs. plastic could get complicated, and costly. Seven bills currently pending in the New Jersey Legislature call for a ban or fees on plastic grocery bags.

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Agency Approves Expanding Natural Gas Pipeline Through Jersey Wetlands

Thursday, August 02, 2012

A much-contested natural gas pipeline expansion project in northern New Jersey cleared an important hurdle yesterday when the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission found it would have no significant impact on the environment if constructed.

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Despite Dim Projections, Solar Installations Boom in NJ

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Despite all the gloom and doom talk about the solar sector, New Jersey installed more solar systems in the first three months of the year than any other state in the nation.

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State Agency Proposes Natural Gas Pipeline Through Liberty State Park

Monday, April 16, 2012

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A Spectra Energy pipeline project is one of several natural gas pipeline proposed — spurred by the discovery of large fossil fuel deposits in Pennsylvania and New York.  The plan to h...


Mastering NJ's Energy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tom Johnson is the co-founder of NJ Spotlight, where he covers energy and the environment. As the Christie administration holds hearings on the draft of the Energy Master Plan, he looks at the plan and New Jersey's energy future.

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