Northeast Energy News

EPA to deny Delaware, Maryland petitions against upwind emissions

EMISSIONS: The EPA will deny petitions by Maryland and Delaware that sought to reduce emissions of nitrogen dioxide from power plants in five upwind states, saying petitioners failed to show emissions levels violated the Clean Air Act. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker believes the state can be a national leader in the race to develop offshore wind, citing 1,200 megawatts of new projects being developed in a partnership with Rhode Island. (Associated Press, ecoRI)
• Part of a Rhode Island airport could be repurposed to serve as a port for the offshore wind industry. (Providence Journal)

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SOLAR:
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding for four farms and rural businesses in Maine to install solar panels. (Associated Press)
• Ameresco completes a solar farm on a capped landfill in Connecticut. (Solar Power World)
• In New York’s Hudson Valley, NRG’s Community Solar program is helping residents afford solar energy. (Chronogram)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Experts say major investments in charging infrastructure in New York, New Jersey and California could help electric vehicles go mainstream. (The Verge)

NUCLEAR:
• The Trump administration’s plan to help struggling coal and nuclear plants may need to be paired with state action to save jobs at Pennsylvania’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Operating station, says the company that owns the plant. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• The owner of Pennsylvania’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant files a plan for the plant’s retirement, which will cost $1.4 billion and take 60 years to complete. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court reverses a ruling that allowed the drilling of a natural gas well in a residential-agricultural district, saying necessary amendments need to be enacted first. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

COMMENTARY:
• A Republican state lawmaker there’s little benefit for the state of Maine in a proposed transmission project. (Central Maine)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy should deny a permit for a gas pipeline and compressor station that would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York because it would pollute New Jersey in the process, says an organizer with Food & Water Watch. (The Star-Ledger)
• Retiring more nuclear plants would hurt climate goals in Massachusetts, where most zero-carbon electricity comes from nuclear power. (Boston Globe)
• Lawmakers should enact policy changes to keep two of Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants from closing prematurely, says a member of Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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