Northeast Energy News

Critics say New Jersey emissions targets will fall short

CLIMATE: Environmentalists say New Jersey’s initial proposals to reduce greenhouse gases are too tame and will not lead to the 80% reduction called for in the state’s energy plan. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Pennsylvania Republicans criticize a move to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade pact, but state officials counter that coal-fired power plants are likely to close over the short term anyway. (Daily Item)

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ACTIVISM: Students at more than a dozen Massachusetts campuses, including all four in the state university system, are leading an effort to promote 100% renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Department of Justice opens a criminal investigation of a 2018 pipeline explosion in western Pennsylvania that is already the subject of law enforcement probes by local and state officials. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• National Grid says conditions that forced it to declare a moratorium on natural gas customer hookups in New York City still remain and it may have to reimpose restrictions. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A New York landowner who has repeatedly challenged the state’s fracking ban lost an appeal in federal court to overturn restrictions in place since 2014. (Bloomberg, subscription required )
• New York City’s proposed ban of fossil fuels in buildings would likely be phased in with restrictions starting in municipal properties. (Platts)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine regulators approve an additional 120 fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in a series of moves to advance the adoption of the technology in its fight against climate change. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS:
• As dozens of coal plant workers pack the hearing room, Maryland lawmakers advance a bill to phase out the state’s six remaining coal-fired power plants and provide assistance to displaced workers. (Maryland Matters, MarylandReporter)
• Environmentalists and the owner of a 640 MW power plant in Brooklyn spar in preliminary filings related to the proposed repowering of the facility with natural gas turbines. (Platts)

REGULATION: Maine legislators say regulators should halt payments to a consultant studying a proposed state takeover of electric utilities after a possible conflict of interest was revealed. (Maine Beacon) 

SOLAR: Tesla and Panasonic are ending a partnership to manufacture solar cells at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Buffalo. (CNBC)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Massachusetts town adds two electric vehicles to its fleet for municipal services and to reduce its carbon footprint. (Wicked Local)

COMMENTARY:
• An academic praises Vermont’s fledgling effort to create a platform for peer-to-peer renewable energy trading among businesses but says the true test will come when it’s expanded to include residences. (VT Digger)
• The speaker of the Pennsylvania House says a fracking ban would devastate the state’s economy and leave hundreds of thousands unemployed. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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