Northeast Energy News

Critics call Pennsylvania nuclear bill ‘myopic’

NUCLEAR: The sponsor of a Pennsylvania nuclear bill says if the plants aren’t saved, “we might as well forget about all the time and money we’ve invested in wind and solar”; critics, including environmental groups and the natural gas industry, criticize the proposal. (WHYY, StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO:
Federal officials say they are continuing a process to extend the license of the Seabrook nuclear plant, despite objections from Massachusetts officials. (Daily News)
The Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear plant in New York begins its final refueling outage. (Patch)

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TRANSMISSION: Advocates say Maine residents will benefit from $80 million in local clean energy development as part of a deal to approve the Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A town meeting vote in New Hampshire tonight could decide the fate of a proposed 20 MW solar project. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island officials will resume hearings this week on the impacts of a proposed new natural gas plant. (ecoRI)

OIL & GAS:
An open records request shows that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo squelched a state health department letter that raised concerns about an liquified natural gas plant that was later approved by federal regulators. (Desmogblog)
Pennsylvania environmental officials have reached an agreement with operators to plug or maintain more than 1,400 wells. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

PIPELINES:
A climate advocacy group is developing a study that it says will show a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline to New York isn’t needed. (The Guardian)
The Pennsylvania attorney general and a county district attorney announced a joint investigation of the Mariner East pipeline but its focus remains undisclosed. (CBS Philly)

WIND: An executive of US Wind urged Maryland legislators to create incentives to develop 1,200 MW of offshore wind. (Offshorewindbiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maryland utilities launch a pilot program to build 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations statewide. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID:
A Vermont utility has launched a pilot project to use a hospital’s ice storage facility as a distributed energy resource. (IEEE Spectrum)
New Hampshire lawmakers advance a bill to study the impact of microgrids on the electric system. (Microgrid Knowledge)

CONNECTICUT: Environmentalists and contractors have appealed a federal court ruling that allowed Connecticut to divert clean funds collected from ratepayers to plug a budget gap. (The Day)

BIOMASS: A closed biomass plant in New York is unlikely to reopen even if legislation designed to save it is enacted, the owner said. (Watertown Daily Times)

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TECHNOLOGY: A New York company plans to use industrial hemp waste as a lower-cost substitute for graphene in the manufacturing of capacitors. (Earthtechling)

COMMENTARY:
A rural New York county planning board member says local communities should be given a greater voice in siting decisions for renewable energy projects. (Watertown Daily Times)
Several academics maintain that the offshore wind industry could help stem the brain drain of talented students who are leaving New England. (VT Digger)
An editorial board says offshore wind companies need to do a better job including local communities in their decision-making. (Newsday)

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