Northeast Energy News

Experts say Trump pipeline plan unlikely to accelerate projects

PIPELINES: Industry experts say a Trump administration move to limit state efforts to block pipelines using water quality reviews is unlikely to boost stalled projects. (Platts)

ALSO: Proponents of a pipeline and LNG storage facility in New Hampshire are holding public demonstrations to allay fears as they pursue approval from state officials. (Union Leader)

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• Workers of a petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania that President Trump toured last week were told they would not be paid or would have to use paid time off if they did not attend the event. (WHYY)
• A Philadelphia fire official says “great progress” was made in the removal of a dangerous chemical from an oil refinery that was severely damaged in a June explosion. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on federal regulators to delay the license transfer of the closed Pilgrim nuclear power plant to a company that specializes in decommissioning. (E&E News, subscription)

• The Trump administration has ordered a more robust review that will delay the proposed Vineyard Wind project at the same time it is expediting fossil fuel energy projects. (InsideClimate News)
• The developers of 300 MW of offshore wind in Connecticut say they are confident their proposed project will proceed despite a delay imposed in neighboring Massachusetts. (The Day)
• Orsted will hold a public forum on Aug. 27 in Ocean City, N.J. to introduce residents to the planned 1,100 MW Ocean wind project that could be operating by 2024. (OCNJ)

A developer has a contract with Pennsylvania State University to provide 70 MW of solar power to the school that will be generated on 500 acres spread over seven farms. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pennsylvania gave a $2 million grant to install solar panels at the proposed Passyunk Energy Center, an LNG plant that will be co-developed by the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works and a private company. (PlanPhilly) 

SUSTAINABILITY: A Vermont town will continue a discussion on whether to fund its own sustainability efforts or to outsource them. (Brattleboro Reformer)

TRANSMISSION: New Hampshire towns that would have received tax payments from the Northern Pass transmission line are unhappy with the project’s demise. (Union Leader) 

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Maryland legislator may seek to remove a byproduct of paper production as an energy source that qualifies under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. (Maryland Matters)

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EFFICIENCY: Vermont regulators decided to leave the governance structure of the state’s efficiency utility intact but ordered changes to make its budgeting practices more transparent. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY An editorial says shared solar in Connecticut is lagging behind its neighbors due to bureaucratic inertia and a concerted effort by traditional energy providers to thwart it. (The Register Citizen) 

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