Northeast Energy News

After 40 years of controversy, end may be near for Three Mile Island

NUCLEAR: After surviving nearly 40 years of anti-nuclear activism after a 1979 meltdown, Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island plant may finally succumb to economic pressure from cheap natural gas. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Advocates seek assurances that the public will not be left to pick up the cost of decommissioning FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania when they shut down. (Midwest Energy News)
• It’s unclear how the Trump administration’s plan to boost coal and nuclear plants could affect Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which is slated for closure in 2019. (Cape Cod Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Federal data show that oil train traffic to Northeast refineries is increasing again after declining last year. (NorthJersey.com)
• An proposed doubling of permit fees in Pennsylvania is not expected to slow drilling activity. (Platts)

SOLAR:
• The Massachusetts solar company BlueWave announces a “first-ever” adjustable rate residential solar loan that’s intended to reduce the total cost of home solar ownership. (news release, Digital Journal)
• Ground-mounted solar installations are installed at three Department of Transportation locations in Western New York and will produce about 80 percent of each facility’s energy needs. (WIVB)

WIND:
• Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline calls the state’s investment in offshore wind “a strong and important rebuke to President Trump.” (ecoRI News)
• A professor at the University of Delaware will advise on a research project exploring the use of 3D concrete printing for the manufacture of offshore wind turbines. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES:
• Nashua, New Hampshire, is working with two companies to offer residents and businesses discounts on clean energy upgrades, such as solar installations and battery storage. (NHPR)
• The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites a New Jersey renewable energy company for 25 safety violations following the death of an employee at a New Hampshire power plant in November. (WorkersCompensation)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Rochester-based Circular enerG sues the Zoning Board of Appeals in Romulus, New York, for allegedly trying to stop the construction of its proposed waste-to-energy project. (Waste Dive)

GRID:
• New York’s grid operator says electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet demand this summer. (Press-Republican)
• Delaware-based Delmarva Power is preparing for summer storms and increased energy use this summer. (Delaware Public Media)

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CLIMATE:
• How New York City’s climate change lawsuit against oil companies is different from lawsuits launched in other U.S. cities. (City and State New York)
• A Massachusetts lawmaker introduces a bill to let taxpayers donate to poorer countries affected by climate change through their tax returns. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time to curb emissions from vehicles and trains in Connecticut by implementing clean transportation solutions, says the director of a clean water group. (New Haven Register)
• Energy law experts are watching cases in Illinois and New York for clues to whether FERC will uphold state-level support for nuclear generators, says an energy and climate law professor at Stanford. (Utility Dive)
• A Maryland lawmaker’s reasons for opposing offshore wind development “are disingenuous at best and ignorant at worst,” says a professor of marine science at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. (Delmarva Now)

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