Pennsylvania nuclear bill expected to be unveiled today

NUCLEAR: A bill to classify Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants as clean energy is expected to be introduced today, with estimated costs ranging widely. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO:
• Unprompted, a Pennsylvania regulator sends a memo to lawmakers outlining the effects of different nuclear policy scenarios. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• New Jersey’s ratepayer advocate accused a nuclear power plant owner of “holding a gun to the regulators’ head” in its argument for a subsidy (NJ Spotlight)

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PIPELINES: New Jersey’s Pinelands Commission says its approval of a natural gas pipeline is void now that a power plant is no longer converting to use the fuel. (Press of Atlantic City)

NATURAL GAS: Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says it will resume replacing furnaces and other equipment damaged in a natural gas explosion last year.

Illinois bill offers test case for Green New Deal aims

GREEN NEW DEAL: A clean energy bill in Illinois may serve as a remarkable test case for the Green New Deal’s social justice aspirations. (Vox)

ALSO:
• The Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas talks about the Green New Deal and transitioning the town to 100 percent renewable energy. (Frontline)
• Green New Deal advocates want to present researchers’ findings of the plan’s impact on Rhode Island to the state’s General Assembly. (Providence Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: Light bulb efficiency standards have helped reverse a decades-long trend of growing household energy use, but the Department of Energy may delay tougher rules that would eliminate newer incandescents.

Transmission deal goes before Maine regulators

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators heard testimony about a proposed settlement for a controversial transmission line that some characterized as a backroom deal while others said it would crowd out new renewable energy development. (Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, WGME)

GRID: New England’s grid operator forecasts lower overall load as distributed energy resources increase. (Utility Dive)

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POLICY: Advocates of the Green New Deal want to present researchers’ findings of the plan’s impact on Rhode Island to the state’s General Assembly. (Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy says it is “working to complete negotiations” by March 15 that could keep the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut operating.

New Mexico clean energy bill clears key hurdle

CLEAN ENERGY: After a four-hour filibuster by a Republic lawmaker, the New Mexico state Senate passed landmark legislation seeking to impose renewable energy standards while phasing out coal. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
• A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look to bolster projects. (Energy News Network)
• A General Motors official discusses the importance of utility green power programs in making large renewable energy purchases. (GreenBiz)

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POLICY: An analysis outlines the differences between two carbon tax proposals and why oil companies support one of them.

Massachusetts governor hedges bets on offshore wind

WIND: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker used an energy forum to tout the benefits of battery storage but did not take the opportunity to expand the state’s commitment to offshore wind. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts legislator fears that a price cap included in the 2016 landmark law to encourage offshore wind development will discourage future project bids. (Boston Globe)
• Fishing industry representatives meet with offshore wind developers in New Jersey to discuss ways to limit impacts on fisheries. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Cleanup will continue through 2019 at a former New Jersey coal plant that is being eyed as a transmission hub for offshore wind. (Press of Atlantic City)

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