Northeast Energy News

Deal reached to keep Connecticut nuclear plant operating

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy said it has reached a 10-year agreement with Connecticut utilities to keep the Millstone nuclear plant operating after threatening to close it. (CT Mirror)

ALSO:
• Cooperatives in Pennsylvania have a major stake in whether the state’s nuclear plants keep operating. (Associated Press)
• When the Three Mile Island plant closes, nuclear waste will likely remain on site for decades. (PennLive)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers in the district that’s home to the Limerick nuclear power plant have mixed reactions to legislation to support the facility. (Reading Eagle)
• A study of thyroid cancer rates near Three Mile Island prompts debate about risks posed by nuclear plants. (PA Post)

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TRANSMISSION: At a public hearing in Maine, critics raise questions over whether the Clean Energy Connect transmission line will provide climate benefits. (Portland Press-Herald)

NATURAL GAS: U.S. natural gas production hit record levels in 2018, with more than a quarter of output coming from the Appalachian region. (Pittsburgh Business Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Critics questions whether pipeline developers deliver the economic benefits that they promise. (Lebanon Daily News)
• A utility says a proposed New Hampshire pipeline remains the least cost option to improve supplies despite a 30 percent increase in its costs for environmental compliance. (Union Leader)
• A Maryland legislator has proposed a bill to close a loophole in state environmental regulations of natural gas pipelines. (Montgomery County Sentinel)

WIND: Massachusetts officials want state offshore wind policy to push for more infrastructure development on-shore. (CommonWealth Magazine)

SOLAR:
• New York regulators enacted stricter consumer protections for community solar projects, including production guarantees for projects offering fixed-price contracts. (Solar Power World)
• A Massachusetts city bans community solar developments within its city limits. (Berkshire Eagle)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The owner of three of the four trash-burning plants on Long Island says a price on carbon under consideration in New York would cost the plants $332 million over the next decade. (Newsday)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Green Mountain Power in Vermont has launched an electric vehicle rebate program of up to $2,500 in incentives. (press release)

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CLIMATE:
• A climate change summit discussed ways to help Massachusetts communities reach 100-percent renewable energy. (Metrowest Daily News)
• A New Jersey forum considered how climate change is shaping energy decisions made at the state level. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy efficiency — especially in the building sector — should be a focus in tackling the climate crisis, writes an executive for a stone wool insulation supplier. (Energy News Network, sponsored)
Transportation advocates support congestion pricing in New York as a climate policy. (The Nation)
• Another editorial board has come out in favor of the proposed 145-mile transmission line in western Maine to import Canadian hydropower. (Bangor Daily News)
• An environmental group says Massachusetts should also look to municipal utilities, which produce 14 percent of the state’s electricity, to clean their generation portfolios. (Metrowest Daily News)
• A conservative think tank blasted a proposed bill in Connecticut to create an “environmental infrastructure bank” by assessing an additional charge on electric utility bills. (The Yankee Institute)

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