Northeast Energy News

Labor provisions pulled from New York climate bill

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)

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)

• 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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