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)

CLIMATE:
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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OIL & GAS:
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)

TRANSMISSION:
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. (PennLive.com)

PIPELINES:
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)

COMMENTARY:
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. (PennLive.com)

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