Northeast Energy News

Grid operator’s report challenges case for nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: PJM’s independent market monitor of the regional power grid says power prices are not too low and revenue was up for coal and nuclear plants in 2018, possibly undermining the case for nuclear subsidies in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Nuclear industry leaders are pushing federal regulators to conduct fewer inspections and limit the amount of information released to the public. (Associated Press)

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ADVOCACY: Massachusetts’ teachers union issues a statement supporting a student-led climate strike taking place today. (news release, NPR)

WIND: A German offshore wind developer has joined a New Hampshire renewable energy advocacy group, signaling interest in bringing the energy source to the Gulf of Maine. (Boston Globe)

TRANSMISSION: A public hearing will be held on a bill in Maine requiring an emissions study on a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower. (WGME)

NATURAL GAS:
• Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood will help oversee safety efforts for NiSource, the utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last year. (Associated Press)
• New York regulators approve $250 million in programs to reduce demand in Westchester County amid a moratorium on new natural gas hookups. (Bloomberg)
• Residents of a New Hampshire town approve a measure they hope will give them a say over a proposed compressor station. (Seacoast Online)
• Local officials and environmentalists protested a natural gas pipeline expansion, saying New Jersey has not adequately reviewed the project. (NJTV)

HYDROPOWER: Exelon is seeking a federal waiver to relicense a hydro dam, charging that Maryland officials have stalled an environmental review. (Cecil Daily)

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EFFICIENCY: A bill in Connecticut would make it easier for cities to buy their streetlights from utilities. (New Haven Register)

COMMENTARY:
A former Maine officials praises a deal to build the Clean Energy Connect transmission line, saying “no state is an island” when it comes to fighting climate change. (Portland Press Herald)
• An environmental advocate says a pending review of an underwater natural gas pipeline in New York Harbor is a test of the state’s commitment to the Green New Deal. (AMNY)
• Massachusetts legislators say the state’s share of money from the Volkswagen emissions scandal should be used to purchase electric buses to lessen emissions from the transportation sector. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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