Northeast Energy News

Environmental groups pan new Pennsylvania nuclear bill

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups criticize the second nuclear subsidy bill introduced in Pennsylvania saying it continues to divert resources away from sustainable energy sources. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

BIOMASS:
At least four of the six biomass plants in New Hampshire will close because they have failed to enter into contracts with the state’s main utility, Eversource. (Union Leader)
The closure of a Maine biomass plant has left sawmills without a source for their wood byproducts. (Bangor Daily News)

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TRANSMISSION: Environmental and land use regulators have separate responsibilities and processes than those of utility regulators who are all evaluating a Maine transmission project to import Canadian hydropower. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
Siting of large ground-mounted solar arrays has stressed relationships and divided communities throughout Rhode Island. (ecoRI)
• Corning Inc. says it is building its first solar array in New York and eleventh worldwide at its Life Sciences facility in Oneonta. (WETM)
• A 3 MW community solar project in the Hudson Valley in New York is accepting customers for a project now under development. (Hudson Valley 360)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A trash-burning plant in northern New Jersey has ceased operations after 30 years online. (LehighValleyLive)

OFFSHORE WIND: Transmission developer Anbaric has asked the New England grid operator for an economic study of offshore wind’s impact under various scenarios of a capacity build-out. (Offshorewind.biz)

GRID: A federal report says that Pennsylvania was the largest exporter of electricity in the Lower 48 states from 2013-2017, averaging 59 million MWh annually. (Tribune-Review)

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Three utilities in Vermont are offering an additional $500 in weatherization incentives. (VT Digger)
The Sustainable Energy Fund broke ground on its new headquarters, the first net-zero-energy building in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. (Lehigh Valley Business)

COMMENTARY:
• A union official says if New Jersey doesn’t expand natural gas supplies the cost of energy will soar and the most vulnerable residents will suffer. (NJ Spotlight)
Clean energy developed in northern Maryland can’t reach more populated areas of the state without a new 7-mile transmission line, according to an electrical workers union. (Cecil Daily)
• Three Mile Island will continue to have a complicated relationship with its immediate area in Pennsylvania, regardless of the outcome of legislation intended to save it, a newspaper observes. (Press and Journal)
• Former Gov. Tom Ridge says it is critical to support the state’s nuclear energy fleet to preserve energy diversity and security. (Post Gazette)

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