Northeast Energy News

Attorney General wants Massachusetts to study phasing out natural gas

OIL & GAS: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey petitions state regulators to begin a study of the phase-out of natural gas to meet its climate goals. (CommonWealth Magazine) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Industry officials say New Jersey must broaden the role utilities can play if it wants to electrify its transportation sector. (NJ Spotlight)
Exelon says it will electrify 30% of its vehicle fleet by 2025 and half by 2030. (Power Engineering)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Clean energy groups say they will work harder to diversify the industry to address racial injustice. (Greentech Media)

GRID: In a compliance filing with federal regulators, PJM calls a recent ruling on its capacity market an “unreasonable burden.” (Utility Dive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A developer presents plans to build a waste-to-energy plant near the Hudson River that would convert plastic recycled material and organic wastes into an industrial fuel. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies an appeal by the developer of the Mariner East pipeline of a lower court ruling that said a pump station permit was improperly issued. (LebTown)

SOLAR:
A Rhode Island judge rules against residents who had challenged a town board’s approval of a solar development in a residential neighborhood. (Westerly Sun)
A Pennsylvania borough matches a state clean energy grant to build an array to provide about 10% of its electricity. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A Maine town decides not to pursue solar development on town land, citing the length of time it would see a return on its investment. (Sun Journal)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators report that after 5,000 hours of inspections, the Seabrook nuclear plant operated safely in 2019. (Seacoastonline)

COMMENTARY:
New Jersey’s top utility regulator says it is possible to have both clean air and a thriving economy under the state’s proposed Energy Master Plan. (NJ Spotlight)
Pennsylvania’s Sierra Club says the state will gain economic benefits and help mitigate climate change with membership in a regional emissions cap-and-trade compact. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A developer says community solar thrives even during a pandemic as residents see its benefits and states can promote economic growth at scale. (Solar Power World)

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