Northeast Energy News

Gas drilling proposed in Pennsylvania state forests

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania legislators are proposing to allow natural gas drilling underneath state forests as an alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette argued in a Pennsylvania county court that a settlement between gas drillers and families affected by a leaking impoundment that contaminated groundwater should be unsealed. (Observer-Reporter)

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WIND: New Jersey utility PSEG does not plan to build offshore wind farms but is partnering with a developer of a proposed project to provide grid connection. (NJ Spotlight)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A business coalition has backed a series of renewable energy bills in New Hampshire and is urging Gov. Chris Sununu to sign them. (Union Leader)
• A Vermont town is considering what happens after its clean energy goals are met and proposals for new projects are still submitted. (Rutland Herald)

NUCLEAR:
• Company officials from PSEG told an investors conference the New Jersey law to subsidize its nuclear power plants will survive pending court challenges. (Platts)
• Even though the Pilgrim nuclear station is closing, officials in Massachusetts towns outside of its evacuation zone are concerned about potential fallout from any accidents. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)

OIL & GAS: Environmentalists say state and federal officials have covered up ongoing plans to export liquified natural gas from a New Jersey port on the Delaware River. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A western New York city unveiled its first four electric vehicles as it transitions its entire municipal vehicle fleet from gas-electric hybrids. (Auburn Reporter)

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UTILITIES: National Grid and Rhode Island announced a settlement that will return an additional $7.9 million to ratepayers the company received from the 2017 federal tax cut. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY:
An energy advisor says Maryland has begun a promising path to start regulating utilities based on their performance and not simply covering their investments. (Maryland Matters)
Executives from Vermont-based King Arthur Flour are encouraging multiple efforts in the state to promote electric vehicles and reduce emissions from the transportation sector. (VT Digger)

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