Northeast Energy News

Frigid temperatures force a New Jersey nuclear reactor to shut down

NUCLEAR:
• Frigid temperatures force a nuclear reactor to shut down in southwest New Jersey. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Radioactive waste that’s being stored in the woods of western Massachusetts is costing taxpayers millions in ongoing security and maintenance costs. (Boston Globe)

GRID: Seven takeaways on how grid operator PJM weathered this week’s polar vortex. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Opposition is mounting over a Georgetown University plan to clear-cut 240 acres of forest to make way for 100,000 solar panels in southern Maryland. (The Baltimore Sun)
• Five residents are suing to block a 5.3 MW solar project that was approved near their homes outside Buffalo, New York. (The Buffalo News)
• Developers activate a 1 MW solar project outside Providence, Rhode Island. (news release)
• Nearly 180 members have signed up for a community solar program in Vermont since it was launched in late 2016. (news release)

WIND:
• The sound produced by wind turbines has no negative health effects, according to a new report. (The Gazette)
• New York officials sign contracts with two companies for multi-year weather and oceanographic studies of offshore wind energy areas. (WorkBoat)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy advocates tell Connecticut lawmakers that neighboring states like New York and Massachusetts are doing more to encourage clean energy development. (New Haven Register)

EFFICIENCY:
• New Hampshire factory owners are using solar panels and energy efficiency to combat expensive electricity bills. (NHPR)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces $7.5 million in funding for municipalities to install LED streetlights. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: The CEO of Vanguard Renewables discusses the company’s work installing farm-based anaerobic digesters throughout the Northeast. (Waste Dive)

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NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is asking state lawmakers to approve a tax on shale gas production in order to finance a $4.5 billion infrastructure plan. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Ørsted should reveal the details of its power purchase agreement for a 15-turbine wind farm proposed off the coast of Long Island, says an editorial in the East End Beacon.

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