Northeast Energy News

Court says town can sell water to power plant

POWER PLANTS: A Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled against opponents who challenged a town’s ability to sell municipal water to a power plant for cooling its turbines. (UpriseRI)

ALSO: An upstate New York power plant that says it is facing financial distress wants its property tax payments cut in half, which officials say would burden city and school district taxpayers. (Times Union)

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OIL & GAS:
• A new study conducted over 26 years says 80% of waste from Pennsylvania oil and gas drilling stays in the state. (Daily Climate)
• A hearing in Pittsburgh discussed how new technologies can be deployed for better detection of leaks at drilling sites. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• President Trump is considering a waiver of Jones Act requirements, which would allow shipping of natural gas by non-U.S. Flagged ships to ports in Puerto Rico and the Northeast. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
• The Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania is back in service following a three-month shutdown caused by a sinkhole. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• The mayor of a central Massachusetts city is opposed to expanding natural gas capacity by the municipally owned utility because it would require additional infrastructure. (NEPR)
• A proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania is seen by some activists as contrary to New York’s climate leadership. (Grist)
• The public comment period has been extended 30 days on a proposed pipeline expansion that runs under the Hudson River in upstate New York. (Times Union)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials and activists rallied in New Jersey in support of a stalled bill that encourages electric vehicle use and building a statewide network of charging stations. (NJ.com)

WIND:
• A technology center in Massachusetts is stress testing wind turbine blades in advance of construction of the state’s first offshore wind farm slated for later this year. (NECN)
• The cooling towers of the closed Brayton Point power plant will be demolished on Saturday as the site is prepared as a location for offshore wind turbine assembly. (WCAI)
• New Jersey is taking an inventory of its ports as it joins the multi-state race to be the hub of a burgeoning offshore wind industry in the Northeast. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: A Maine town has named a committee to study how to get mosts of its energy from solar power. (Seacoastonline)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio wants the city to ban the construction of glass buildings to promote energy efficiency. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An energy lobby supports expedited approval of projects, saying expanded infrastructure is key to job creation, economic development and the safe transport of natural gas. (Inside Sources)

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