Northeast Energy News

Labor provisions pulled from New York climate bill

CLIMATE CHANGE:
The New York Senate passed sweeping climate legislation Wednesday and the Assembly was expected to follow suit in the waning hours of the legislative session. (Greentech Media)
Last-minute changes to the bill eliminated labor protections and social justice provisions included in earlier versions. (Grist)

EMISSIONS: Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said the state will sue the Trump administration over the rollback of the Clean Power Plan that was announced on Wednesday. (CT Mirror)

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PIPELINES: Two pipeline safety bills that improve interactions between operators and local officials were passed by a Pennsylvania Senate committee. (Daily Times)

FRACKING:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants a study to measure the health impacts of fracking on workers and residents after conflicting claims about links to childhood cancers emerged. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
A municipal authority in western Pennsylvania spent $100,000 on air and water testing after a gas well breach occurred near one of its reservoirs in January. (TribLive)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill that directs state regulators to enter into a contract with a pilot project that has developed a floating offshore wind turbine. (Press Herald)

STORAGE: A study of energy storage required by a New Jersey clean energy law examines scenarios in which it could be deployed to help reach 100% renewable energy by 2050. (NJ Spotlight)

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire legislative leaders agreed to restore some funding from a regional cap-and-trade program for energy efficiency programs that has been diverted to customer rebates. (NH Business Review)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Pennsylvanians rallied at the state capitol in support of bills that would require 100% renewable energy by 2050. (CBS21)

SOLAR: A new report says transitioning 10% of Pennsylvania’s power generation to solar would save $619 million annually. (DailyEnergyInsider)

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UTILITIES: A New Jersey appeals court ruled that residents can sue a utility for the inconvenience caused by a felled power line that caused a fire that burned their homes. (Courier Post)

COMMENTARY:
• While agreeing with the aims of New York’s sweeping climate legislation, a columnist worries about the unknown costs and economic impacts on the upstate region. (Albany Times Union)
• An environmental organization says the rollback of the Clean Power Plan is a “disgrace” that ignores the perils of climate change and imperils public health. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• The Sierra Club there are increasing signs Pennsylvania is committed to ramping up its climate change commitments. (PennLive)

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