Northeast Energy News

Gas industry stepping into Pennsylvania nuclear debate

NUCLEAR: The battle over nuclear power subsidies in Pennsylvania has pitted lobbyists from the the nuclear and natural gas industries on opposite sides. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: In written testimony, former Gov. Ed Rendell added his voice in support of the nuclear power subsidy now under consideration by Pennsylvania legislators. (The Times)

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TRANSMISSION:
As Maine regulators prepare to vote on a controversial power line, opponents have turned attention to legislative proposals that would delay construction by limiting eminent domain. (Press Herald)
• A hearing by Maine environmental and land use regulators for the Central Maine Power transmission line will continue in Bangor on May 9. (Penbay Pilot)

SOLAR: Bipartisan bills in both houses of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly are calling for 30% renewable energy by 2030 with a 10% carve-out for solar power. (Courier Times)

COAL: A coal-fired power plant in western New York that barely operates has fallen behind on its tax payments. (Buffalo News)

NATURAL GAS:
• Environmentalists have criticized a Pennsylvania proposal to limit emissions at natural gas wells that does not include methane. (Associated Press)
• President Trump signed two executive orders intended to ease permitting for energy infrastructure projects. (Associated Press)

WIND:
Just-passed Maryland legislation to increase Maryland’s renewable energy standard would incentivize 1.2 GW of offshore wind development estimated as $5 billion in investment. (Offshore Engineer)
Massachusetts’ siting board is expected to rule on a cable landing for the Vineyard offshore wind project in early May, about two months later than originally planned. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES:
• An Eastern Pennsylvania county has sued Sunoco in an attempt to stop construction of the Mariner East pipeline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A study sponsored by the Sierra Club says methane is leaking from pipelines in several Connecticut cities. (CT Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A bill passed in Maryland would require school districts to switch to “zero-emission” buses with costs offset by state grants. (Bethesda Magazine)
A Vermont panel says the state needs to drastically increase clean transportation adoption to meet its climate goals. (VT Digger)

HYDRO: Operators of a Maine dam are proposing to limit water level reductions if their federal license is extended. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• The founder of the African American Environmental Association says New York still needs natural gas as it transitions to renewable energy sources. (Daily News)
• An environmental coalition says New Jersey cannot make progress on its clean energy goals if state regulators continue to approve fossil-fuel subsidies and projects. (press release)
• Clean energy activists say Connecticut needs to “think big” as it considers a bill to promote a green economy. (Hartford Courant)

CORRECTION: An item in Wednesday’s digest misidentified the solar requirement under Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act. The correct amount is 14.5%.

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