Northeast Energy News

Green groups ask New York to change nuclear subsidies policy

NUCLEAR:
• A coalition of 130 environmental groups urges New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to overhaul state nuclear subsidies to allow residents to opt out of supporting aging nuclear plants. (Associated Press)
• Entergy’s recent nuclear plant sales have some speculating that New York’s Indian Point plant could be next. (Rockland/Westchester Journal News)

PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania regulators fine Sunoco $148,000 for construction violations on its Mariner East 2 gas pipeline. (WHTM)
• A 63-year-old retired teacher receives up to six months in prison for interfering with the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline on her property in Pennsylvania. (Common Dreams)

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WIND:
• Two developers file a joint application for a 24 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. (ROINJ)
• New York residents will pay up to 76 cents a month to expand the state’s offshore wind industry, but only Long Island and New York City customers will have access to the energy. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

SOLAR: Solar developers need hundreds of Maryland residents to subscribe to a pilot community solar program, which will allow anyone to power their home with energy from six planned projects across the state. (Baltimore Sun)

MICROGRIDS: Massachusetts’ new energy bill contains several distributed energy initiatives that could make it easier to develop microgrids in the state. (Microgrid Knowledge)

RENEWABLES:
• Renewable energy job growth is slowing in Rhode Island, despite a new report that shows a 72 percent job increase in the sector since 2014. (ecoRI News)
• An island in Maine is running off about 80 percent renewable energy thanks to a gift of military-grade mobile solar units. (Seacoast Online)
• Nashua becomes the first city in New Hampshire to join the Climate Mayors network and is seeking information on creating a renewable energy project. (The Telegraph)

POLICY: A roundup of legislative clean energy developments in New England this year. (RTO Insider)

NATURAL GAS: Deposits of flour-like frack sand are raising health concerns in Pennsylvania communities. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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UTILITIES:
•  Vermont electric utilities ask customers to conserve energy due to high temperatures across the Northeast. (Associated Press)
• Eversource Energy will use a helicopter and heat-sensing equipment to search for potential problems along high-voltage power lines in north-central Connecticut. (Journal Inquirer)

COMMENTARY: Offshore wind is finally taking off the in United States, and the Northeast is leading the way, says the head of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. (The Hill)

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