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Connecticut nuclear plant cleared for “zero emission” auctions

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NUCLEAR: Connecticut regulators will allow the state’s only nuclear power plant to compete against wind and solar in “zero emission” state energy auctions. (Hartford Courant)

SOLAR:
A town outside Rochester, New York, passes a resolution asking developers to provide more documentation on a proposed 7 MW solar project that would cover approximately 31 acres of farmland. (Daily Messenger)
Workers are installing solar projects on nearly a dozen buildings in Manhattan through a local solar initiative aimed at expanding solar energy to low-income people and communities of color. (Patch)

PIPELINES: A severe explosion of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline in southeast Pennsylvania would kill anyone within a mile, but the risk of such an accident is slim, according to a new report. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS:
Columbia Gas is on track to meet a Dec. 19 deadline to restore natural gas service following a series of devastating explosions outside Boston in September. (Engineering News-Record)
New Jersey politicians and environmental advocates denounce the Trump administration’s decision to allow companies to conduct seismic oil and gas surveys off the Atlantic coast. (NJTV News)

EMISSIONS: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is working with state environmental officials to have New Jersey rejoin the initiative by 2020.  (WBGO)

UTILITIES:
A new labor agreement between Eversource Energy and two unions in Connecticut will expand benefits to employees, including annual wage increases and 20 new union hires within two years. (New Haven Register)
Maine utility regulators approve a rate hike of nearly 16 percent for some customers in the northern and eastern part of the state. (Portland Press Herald)
Two utilities in the Northeast are developing strategies to take advantage of energy efficiency, demand response and distributed resources. (Utility Dive)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection says it’s prepared to meet electricity demands this winter. (news release)

POLITICS: Some climate activists want to see Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is a likely presidential candidate, strengthen her stance on environmental and climate policies. (E&E News)

ADVOCACY: Dozens of green groups launch a campaign calling on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to impose a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: More than a dozen people speak in support of a controversial transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts at a meeting before county commissioners in central Maine. (Morning Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Supporters and opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline have different takeaways from the same same safety study, says an editorial in the Delaware County Daily Times.

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