Northeast Energy News

Another sinkhole disrupts a second Pennsylvania pipeline project

PIPELINES: Just days after a Pennsylvania pipeline resumed operations after it had been closed by sinkhole, another sinkhole disrupts construction of the Mariner East 2 project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office has identified nine historic sites in the path of the PennEast pipeline that require further study to determine their significance. (Courier News)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell outlines the utility’s plan to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2030. (VPR)

• Tesla’s residential solar business, whose panels are made at its Buffalo gigafactory, continued its rapid decline in the first quarter. (Buffalo Business First)
• County officials in Maryland approved the construction of two substations that would serve a controversial 32.5 MW solar farm that would supply half of the electricity for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (Maryland Independent)

• New research shows huge potential for offshore wind along the Mid-Atlantic coast, but a large transmission build-out would be needed. (RTO Insider)
• The developer of a 22-turbine wind project in Maine has proposed to reserve 5,800 acres of woods and wetlands as part of its mitigation plan to lessen wildlife impacts. (Bangor Daily News)

The controversy over a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine often pits outsiders against some deep insiders who play in the upper reaches of state politics. (The Free Press)
Residents in a town that has twice supported a proposed transmission line have filed a petition to put the question to a vote in a town meeting. (Sun Journal)

Republican Congressman Scott Perry told a Pennsylvania audience that natural gas has been the “Green New Deal of the last 10 to 15 years.” (The Sentinel)
• The EPA has told two environmental organizations it will not update regulations for wastewater coming from oil and gas extraction. (DeSmog)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A study by a public-private partnership says a surge in electric vehicle sales is expected in the Northeast as 63% of Millennials say they are considering buying one. (NH Business Review)

TRANSPORTATION: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nine grants totaling more than $1 million for clean energy transportation projects. (TribLive)

NUCLEAR: Small businesses in Pennsylvania fear that higher electric bills that would come from a plan to subsidize nuclear power will shrink already thin profit margins. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

HYDROPOWER: A global hydropower turbine manufacturer is investing $10 million in its Pennsylvania factory saying it expects significant growth in North America. (CBS21)

• An environmental organization says a University of Chicago study that said renewable energy standards led to high compliance costs used out-of-date data that failed to capture the price declines evident over the past four years. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A pro-nuclear groups says the five Pennsylvania power plants should be eligible for clean energy subsidies to ensure their future in the state. (Morning Call)
• A former land-use regulator in Maine says deliberate misinformation has been promoted by opponents of a transmission line through the western part of the state. (Kennebec Journal)

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