Northeast Energy News

Climate change driving debate over Pennsylvania nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania lawmakers indicate a willingness to support the state’s nuclear plants, as climate change creates more urgency around the conversation. (Associated Press, E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont energy efficiency agency prepares to tackle growing electricity demand from the marijuana industry. (VT Digger)

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COAL:
• A new study finds coal ash has polluted groundwater at over 90 percent of U.S. power plant sites, including in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. (InsideClimate News)
• Many Pennsylvania residents still heat their homes with coal, which has higher carbon emissions than other options. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS:
• Advocates push for buffer zones to prevent drilling near dams in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A Philadelphia utility wins a key approval for a proposed liquified natural gas production facility. (WHYY)
• A New York company in a securities filing said it intends to build an LNG port on the Delaware Bay at a yet-to-be-announced location. (Delaware News Journal)
• New York officials close the comment period on a proposal to include natural gas turbines in an Albany microgrid project. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES: Businesses say a crisis point has been reached that requires the construction of an underwater natural gas pipeline to serve two boroughs and Long Island. (Crain’s New York Business)

CARBON EMISSIONS: The New York Independent System Operator has hired a consultancy to model a second study on the social cost of carbon to build upon previous results (RTO Insider)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Vermont considers a tax on electric vehicle charging to help support road maintenance. (WCAX)
• Meanwhile, the state is falling far behind on its electric vehicle adoption target. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: New Jersey regulators say that third-party electricity suppliers with fixed-cost contracts cannot pass on higher costs incurred from their requirements to supply larger amounts of solar energy. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• Work on a 3.1 MW solar project in western Massachusetts is expected to begin this spring. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• A months-long zoning dispute over a proposed New Jersey solar project will go on for several more weeks. (Trentonian)
 A county conservation district in New Hampshire has launched a community supported solar initiative for farms. (Keene Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: The governors of Delaware and Maryland praised a federal regulator’s decision to allocate only a small portion of the costs of a new transmission line that connects their states to a southern New Jersey nuclear power plant. (WBOC)

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CLIMATE:
• On Vermont’s annual Town Meeting Day, 24 communities will consider climate change resolutions. (VT Digger)
• Local governments in Pennsylvania discuss climate change planning. (Pottstown Mercury)

COMMENTARY:
• “Massachusetts owes Maine Gov. Janet Mills a heartfelt thank you,” says a Boston Globe editorial praising an agreement to advance a hydropower transmission line from Quebec.
• A research analyst says the Northern Access natural gas pipeline in western New York will do nothing to enhance energy security in the region. (Buffalo News)
• Three different writers provide opinions on whether Massachusetts should expand natural gas infrastructure. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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