Environment

Climate groups sue Murphy admin seeking more action to reduce pollution

BY: - January 20, 2022

A coalition of 120 environmental activists have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration they hope will compel the state to issue specific goals to reduce carbon emissions. The group, known as EmpowerNJ, is appealing the state Department of Environmental Protection’s rejection of its petition demanding the state set enforceable benchmarks to achieve Murphy’s goal […]

N.J. and N.Y. announce joint offshore wind program

BY: - January 12, 2022

Nearly one half million acres off the shores of New Jersey and New York will be auctioned next month in an effort to generate more clean energy. The wind energy auction for six lease areas in the offshore area known as the New York Bight will take place on Feb. 23, and will be one […]

Lawmakers may weaken ratepayer advocate’s focus on affordability

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Jersey is taking the first steps in a potential overhaul of the state’s lone utility consumer advocate that would see the Division of the Rate Counsel give greater weight to environmental and equity issues, a move detractors warn could lead to larger rate hikes. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard testimony Thursday on a […]

Murphy sets earlier goal to cut state-produced greenhouse gas emissions

BY: - November 11, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday accelerated the state’s goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030, signing an executive order that requires the state to meet its carbon reduction target two decades faster than initially planned. Speaking at solar farm in Budd Lake, the governor also announced millions in funding to electrify government […]

Port Authority’s deal with Amazon violated board’s public meeting rules, report says

BY: - October 21, 2021

A new report claims the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a massive deal for an Amazon cargo hub at the Newark airport through backroom deals with little transparency, and alleges Amazon’s unfair labor practices violate the agency’s code of ethics. Published by Hedge Clippers, a national labor advocacy organization, the report […]