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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

TRANSMISSION:
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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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