Northeast Energy News

Buyer found for New York nuclear plant

OFFSHORE WIND: A new initiative has been launched to study the effects of offshore wind farms on Northeast fisheries, as a lack of information has led to mistrust between the two industries. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Massachusetts regulators approved the power contracts with Vineyard Wind on Friday over the objections of the state’s attorney general and others who say utilities will receive an extra $168 million just for carrying the contracts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
National Grid has asked Rhode Island to keep pricing and other information private while it negotiates terms for the proposed Revolution Wind project. (Providence Business News)
An industry forum was told ports along the East Coast need to be reworked to accommodate the growing offshore wind industry. (WorkBoat)

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NUCLEAR:
Entergy has agreed to sell the Indian Point plant in New York to a company that specializes in decommissioning retired nuclear plants when the facility completely shuts down in 2021. (Journal News)
A Pennsylvania legislative leader says the nuclear subsidy debate is the most impactful public policy decision the state has faced in decades. (The Times)
• Consumer, environmental and industry groups in New Jersey are clamoring for the release of a consultant’s report commissioned by state regulators on the financial health of the nuclear fleet as a decision on state subsidies looms. (NJ Spotlight)
• The losing side in the U.S. Supreme Court case upholding subsidies to nuclear plants says it will continue opposition to similar contracts in regulatory proceedings. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: A state environmental review board authorized a study of whether to develop a cap-and-trade emissions system in Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

SOLAR:
• A Louisiana company will install hundreds of solar arrays at low- and middle-income homes in Connecticut and New Jersey after receiving $20 million in funding. (WAFB)
Vermont regulators have opened a proceeding to review ways to streamline the approval of net-metered solar projects. (news release)

PIPELINES:
A Massachusetts city will receive a report from Columbia Gas on the status of gas leak repairs and also ask the utility about potential plans for pipeline expansions. (MassLive)
Vermont legislators trying to ban pipeline construction expressed concern about Trump administration executive orders intended to overrule state objections to such projects. (Seven Days)

NATURAL GAS:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is promoting a $4.5 billion infrastructure plan that would be funded by a new tax on natural gas extraction. (Transport Topics)
Town planners on Long Island said a proposed 6 MW fuel cell plant that would be powered by natural gas needs more study. (Newsday)

POLICY: The Maine AFL-CIO has given its support to the state’s version of the Green New Deal now under consideration by the state’s legislature. (Earther)

COMMENTARY:
• Former government officials who are part of a nuclear power advocacy praised Connecticut for its decision to support continued operation of the Millstone plant. (Hartford Courant)
• A union official says restrictions on signups of new natural gas customers in nearby states should serve as a warning to New Jersey, where pipeline restrictions are being considered. (ROI-NJ)

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