Northeast Energy News

Documents show former governor may have rushed Mariner East 2 approval

PIPELINES: Internal government documents show Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf may have pressured environmental officials to hasten review of the Mariner East 2 natural pipeline, which is under criminal investigation for pollution and property damage. (The Guardian)

ALSO: Members of Congress from Massachusetts will introduce legislation mandating stricter safety requirements for pipeline inspections following a fatal explosion last year. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While Connecticut has lofty goals for electric vehicle adoption, actually finding one to purchase in the state can be a challenge. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Student-managed investment funds at universities in Connecticut and Rhode Island are finding opportunities in clean energy to provide a financial return. (Energy News Network)
A bill that would increase Maryland’s renewable energy standard is revived by a legislative committee. (Maryland Matters)

WIND: Developers of the Vineyard offshore wind farm commit to monitoring impacts on fisheries, using methods recommended by university scientists. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR: Exelon says cleanup of Three Mile Island would take six decades and cost more than $1 billion if the nuclear plant closes later this year. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania business groups have come out against a state infrastructure spending plan that would be funded by a tax on the extraction of natural gas. (Ellwood City Ledger)

SOLAR: A Delaware county has approved a 6 MW solar project that would occupy about 70 acres. (Delaware State News)

CLIMATE:
Activists plan to make a major push this week to support New York legislation that would ban fossil fuel use by 2040. (Associated Press)
About 100 Vermonters embarked on a five-day 65-mile march on the state capital to promote climate awareness. (VT Digger)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Both bodies in the Maryland Legislature have passed bills increasing renewable energy commitments but the House version restores credits to trash-burning facilities. (WFMD)

OIL & GAS: A legislative committee endorsed a bill that would ban offshore drilling along Maine’s coast. (Press Herald)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Several Massachusetts towns will share $1.2 million in state Green Communities grants to promote energy efficiency, including at their municipal buildings. (Eagle-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Pennsylvania should reject support for its nuclear plants because site cleanup should be done sooner rather than later. (The Citizens’ Voice)
• A former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor says the type of subsidy the nuclear plant operators are seeking should be reserved for fledgling power industries like wind and solar and not established ones. (PennLive)
• An energy executive says allowing Pennsylvania’s nuclear fleet to close will eliminate competition in the sector and drive up prices. (Allentown Morning Call)
• A renewable energy advocate says Maryland needs to increase its requirements for clean energy to preserve jobs created in the clean energy economy. (Capital Gazette)

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