Northeast Energy News

How Penn State cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half

EFFICIENCY: Penn State has cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half largely with a campus-wide efficiency program throughout its 600 buildings. (NPR)

A study commissioned by New York’s grid operator says a carbon tax would initially cost ratepayer a few dollars a month more and then lead to lower prices. (Albany Times Union)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order to begin the process to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade compact. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
Repubican legislators criticize the move, saying the state is already cutting greenhouse gas emissions without joining the compact. (Sun-Gazette) 

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An updated assessment from federal officials says 214 trillion cubic feet of natural gas may exist in the Appalachian Basin, which includes large swaths of Pennsylvania and New York. (USGS)
A Philadelphia city council member proposes banning heavy fuel oil used mostly in older buildings as a heating source. (WHYY)

Two state agencies reviewing a power line from Canada through western Maine agree to reopen the case to consider a proposed rerouting of part of the line to avoid a remote pond. (Portland Press Herald)
Residents at a Maine town meeting approve a 180-day moratorium on any transmission projects, which could be renewed at subsequent meetings. (Advertiser Democrat)
Transource dramatically reroutes a proposed power line through a Pennsylvania county and is expected to submit a new application to regulators this month. (

A consultant for New Hampshire regulators says they should reject a 27-mile pipeline for LNG as the utility proposing it failed to prove it is needed. (SeacoastOnline)
A dog that went missing in the chaos following a Massachusetts gas line explosion a year ago has been found and returned to its owner. (Eagle-Tribune)

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NUCLEAR: A newspaper analysis of the closure of four nuclear power plants says greenhouse gas emissions increase while power prices remain stable. (York Dispatch)

An editorial board says strong industry interest in community solar in New Jersey shows the state was wise to shift subsidies away from individual homeowners’ projects. (Press of Atlantic City)
A retired federal nuclear regulator claims the push to renewable energy has led to unintended consequences like higher costs and unreliable power supply. (

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