Northeast Energy News

Feds grant extension for New Hampshire nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators announce they will extend the operating license for the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire through 2050. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: An activist group will challenge the federal license renewal for the Peach Bottom plant in Pennsylvania later this month. (York Dispatch)

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POLICY: Maryland legislators believe there is strong support to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Baltimore Sun)

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Phil Murphy vows to end the practice of diverting funds from the state’s clean energy and housing funds to other purposes. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
Maine officials will begin the review of the lone bid received to install solar panels at the governor’s mansion. (Associated Press)
Binghamton, New York plans to join a state program providing free community solar subscriptions to low-income people. (WBNG)

WIND: Offshore wind development could be a boon for a Hudson River port. (Albany Business Review, subscription)

TRANSMISSION:
Residents of a Maine town vote to rescind a letter by city officials supporting the Clean Energy Connect project. (Sun Journal)
Opponents seek a rehearing of New Hampshire regulators’ approval of a 13-mile transmission line. (InDepthNH)

COAL: Eversource denies allegations that a New Hampshire coal plant is in violation of the Clean Water Act. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
A Pennsylvania county’s investigation of the Mariner East 2 pipeline now includes a grand jury, according to a newspaper editor who was called as a potential juror. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Delaware County Daily Times)
Pennsylvania regulators fine a pipeline firm $1.5 million for pollution and construction violations. (Kallanish Energy)

HYDROPOWER: Regulators and lawmakers raise questions about the Conowingo Dam’s impact on pollution in Chesapeake Bay. (Dorchester Star)

GRID: A New England health care provider plans to purchase 4.1 MW worth of fuel cells to improve reliability at hospitals and other facilities. (Microgrid Knowledge)

BIOMASS: Officials in a Maine town where a biomass plant is closing are still hopeful for the industry’s future. (Fiddlehead Focus)

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ACTIVISM:
Lawmakers and activists demand New York take more aggressive steps to address climate change. (Legislative Gazette)
A group backed by a former Home Depot executive targets Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal with a billboard campaign in New York City. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
A Baltimore Sun editorial calls for more urgent action on climate change: “climate change is already late in the fourth quarter, and the home team is behind.”
An environmental activist notes the impacts of uranium mining in arguing that Pennsylvania should not prop up nuclear power. (Delaware County Daily Times)

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