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Pinelands Commission Vote To Approve South Jersey Gas Pipeline Massive Blow To The Pinelands

At a packed and contentious meeting at a Crowne Plaza hotel ballroom in Cherry Hill, the Pinelands Commission voted by a margin of 9-5, with one abstention, to approve the highly controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline, which will bisect the Pinelands Forest Area for 15 miles as part of an effort to repower the B.L. England peaker plant. The vote occurred without any public comment preceding the action, despite massive public protest.

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PSEG Power Announces Retirement of Last Two Coal-Fired Power Plants in New Jersey

New Brunswick -- PSEG Power announced today it will close the last two coal-fired power plants in New Jersey.

The Hudson Generation Station in Jersey City, and the Mercer Generation Station in Hamilton Township will shut down on June 1, 2017. PSEG noted that these plants are no longer cost-competitive, and that it would be too expensive to update their old technology to meet modern standards.

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Environment New Jersey Launches Campaign to Get NJ Cities to Go Big on Solar

With solar energy on the rise across New Jersey and the country, Environment New Jersey announced the launch of a push to get cities and local governments to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The Shining Cities campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.   

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Gov. Christie Piles On Atlantic City With Off-Shore Wind Farm Bill Veto

Gov. Chris Christie, in his latest act of disavowing his own commitments to build off-shore wind, has once again vetoed legislation to require the BPU to provide a 30-day window for applications for an off-shore wind project off Atlantic City. The bill would directly benefit Fishermen’s Energy, a Cape May County-based company that has proposed a 25MW project off Atlantic City.

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Stockton Off-Shore Wind Energy Forum To Spotlight the Road Ahead For Wind Off the Jersey Shore with Wind Developers and BOEM Deputy Director Keynoting Forum

Today’s Off-Shore Wind Energy Forum, hosted by Stockton University and co-sponsored by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center, the Stockton University Sustainability Trust and the Business Network for Off-Shore Wind, kicks off after the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) federal sale last November of two leases for offshore wind energy development of 344,000 acres. The forum will address how New Jersey fits into the Department of Interior’s vision for expanding off-shore wind on the East Coast, the development plans for each off-shore wind developer and the opportunities for New Jersey to become a leader of an offshore wind energy industry/

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NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off-Shore Wind

On Monday, the New Jersey State Assembly passed a proposal that could help resusitate efforts to bring off-shore wind to New Jersey. The proposal, co-sponsored by Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to reopen a 30-day period for Fishermen’s Energy to resubmit an application for a demonstration off-shore wind project off Atlantic City. The demonstration project would be a five-turbine, 25-megawatt project that would help provide clean energy jobs to the state while reducing harmful global warming pollution.

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Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer

Today, New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov. Christie’s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman's willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands, including efforts to block a 22-mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve. The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen.