Maryland governor reluctantly allows renewable energy increase

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Despite saying the bill is “not clean enough, not smart enough,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will allow a bill requiring 50% renewable energy by 2030 to become law without his signature. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR:
• A New Hampshire residents’ group is raising money to buy radiological emissions monitoring equipment for 17 communities in the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Seabrook nuclear plant. (Seacoastonline)
• Environmentalists say the closure later this month of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts will cause an uptick in regional emissions as its generation will be replaced by natural gas for now. (Patriot-Ledger)

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PIPELINES:
• A metropolitan planning commission in Massachusetts says an air quality permit for a compressor station should be reevaluated in light of recently released information of incomplete emissions testing.

Utility to test storage in outage-prone New Hampshire town

STORAGE: Eversource is planning a $7 million demonstration storage project, instead of a new power line, to serve a rural New Hampshire town that suffers frequent lengthy power outages. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR: Questions are being raised if companies that specialize in faster cleanups of closed nuclear power plants are maintaining safe storage of spent fuel. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: A federal agency sent an advisory to pipeline operators warning of increased risks posed by construction in flood-prone areas after a recent series of incidents. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Compressed natural gas transported by truck is creating a “virtual pipeline” as suppliers seek alternatives to constrained pipeline capacity.

Massachusetts admits compressor permit issued with incomplete data

PIPELINES: Massachusetts officials admitted that an air quality permit for a proposed compressor station was issued based on incomplete data, and that they waited until the day before a final hearing on the project before releasing the information. (State House News Service)

ALSO: Opponents of a natural gas pipeline in upstate New York are using the same arguments that helped deny a permit for an undersea pipeline in New York Harbor. (Times Union)

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SOLAR:
• Environmental justice advocates say a Massachusetts program has failed to extend solar power access to low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
• New Hampshire legislators quintupled the state’s net metering cap in legislation that passed with a veto-proof majority.

New Jersey lawmakers advance 100% clean energy bill

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A New Jersey Senate committee endorsed a bill to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050, despite some business groups saying the target is too soon. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• As coal plants retire in the territory served by PJM, the void has been largely filled by natural gas and not renewable energy, even though solar, wind and storage dominate requests for transmission interconnection. (Greentech Media)
• Rhode Island has delayed for a month the announcement of the winning bids for 200 to 400 MW of renewable energy projects sought last year. (4C Offshore)

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EFFICIENCY: A bill in Massachusetts would require all new buildings to meet net zero standards.