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Federal appeals court upholds New York nuclear subsidies

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NUCLEAR: A federal appeals court says New York’s zero-carbon emissions program for nuclear power plants doesn’t interfere with federal jurisdiction over interstate energy markets, giving states more legal precedent to implement their own clean energy programs. (Greentech Media, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• National security experts tell state legislators that the pending closure of three nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania could have far-reaching ramifications. (Pennsylvania Watchdog)
• Nuclear energy advocates and local government leaders urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to save the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to close within the next year. (WHTM, InsideSources)

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UTILITIES: New Jersey’s largest regulated utility announces a $4 billion, six-year plan to advance the state’s clean energy goals, including efficiency programs, new electric vehicle infrastructure and energy storage. (CNBC)

SOLAR: Residents are caught off guard by the installation of a 1,196-panel solar project in their community north of New York City. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

OIL & GAS:
• A family is suing Columbia gas after their house was destroyed in a series of home explosions outside Boston. (Associated Press)
• A climate change advocacy group gathers more than 1,100 signatures asking Massachusetts’ governor to issue a moratorium on building new natural gas infrastructure. (The Daily News)
• A county councilwoman introduces legislation to create an oil and gas lease registry that would make it easier for the public to learn where fracking is occurring in the Pittsburgh area. (Tribune-Review)
• A utility wants to supply 6 percent of its customers’ energy needs by converting methane from a landfill in eastern New Hampshire into gas. (NH Business Review)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers will consider a bill to increase penalties for vandalism against pipelines, power plants and other “critical infrastructure” facilities. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POLLUTION: Residents in northwest Connecticut ask state officials to protect their air quality from a 1,110 MW natural gas plant scheduled to go online across the border in New York in 2020. (The News-Times)

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POLITICS: New Hampshire gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly criticizes Gov. Chris Sununu for vetoing a bill that would have expanded solar net metering in the state. (SeacoastOnline)

COMMENTARY:
• Maine shouldn’t support a controversial hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts while sacrificing its promising solar and offshore wind industries, says a state representative. (Portland Press Herald)
• New York’s clean energy opponents are threatening to move the state backwards, says the executive director of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance. (Watertown Daily Times)

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