Northeast Energy News

Developer seeks approval for gas-fired plant near NYC

POWER PLANTS: A developer seeks approval to build a second natural gas power plant in northeast New Jersey, joining three other gas-fired plants currently seeking approvals from local and state authorities. (NJ Spotlight)

• A discount retail chain will spend $14 million to install LED lights and advanced lighting controls at 131 stores in the Northeast. (Chain Store Age)
• With help from a state clean energy grant, a town outside Boston will install LED lights in five schools and weatherize its fire department. (Wicked Local)

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• How a family-owned Pennsylvania solar company successfully weathered a “solar-coaster” over the last 10 years. (Central Penn Business Journal)
• Lightsource BP acquires six solar power projects totalling 135 MW in Pennsylvania and Maryland. (news release)

• Massachusetts clean energy advocates share ideas for accelerating the state’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. (Leominster Champion)
• Researchers at New York’s Stony Brook University are working on about 35 clean energy concepts, including self-cleaning solar panels, gas-fired heat pumps and fast-charging electric car batteries. (Newsday)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania township votes to contribute $2,000 for a risk assessment of Sunoco’s troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Daily Local News)

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• Heavy rains prompt a hydroelectric dam in northeast Maryland to release built-up sediment and debris into the Chesapeake Bay, sparking a debate over who is responsible for pollution flowing through the dam. (Salisbury Daily Times)
• A Canadian power company spends $388 million to buy New Jersey-based Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, which owns 63 small hydropower facilities in the United States. (Financial Post)

• Federal assistance to boost wind and nuclear in states like Pennsylvania is critical, says a progressive commentator. (Tribune News Service)
• High energy costs in Rhode Island make it difficult for manufacturers to compete, say executives for a state energy council and manufacturers’ association. (Providence Journal)
• Massachusetts residents should fight for more clean energy progress during the next legislative session, says an energy analyst. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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