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Last coal plant in Massachusetts demolished

POWER PLANTS: Watch parties and celebrations greeted the controlled demolition of two cooling towers at the last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts; the site will be redeveloped to support offshore wind. (Associated Press)

ENERGY STORAGE: While Massachusetts’ energy storage policy is being hailed as a national model, whether storage can reduce emissions is still an open question. (Energy News Network)

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NATURAL GAS: An aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf who is married to a natural gas industry lobbyist will not face charges after an ethics investigation cited insufficient evidence of improper conduct. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES:
• The public comment period ends this week for the Northeast Supply Enhancement project in New Jersey that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York. (NJ101.5)
• Suburban Philadelphia state senators want to delay the confirmation of a new environmental commissioner while multiple probes of the Mariner East pipeline project are ongoing. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

COAL: Two Pennsylvania senators have introduced legislation to expand and extend a tax credit for energy production from coal mining waste to 2036. (WFMZ)

WIND:
• The Cape Cod Commission has begun review of an interconnection and substation needed for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. (Cape Cod Times)
• The Massachusetts House passed a tweak to its offshore wind law removing price controls in an attempt to ensure competition in subsequent procurements. (SouthCoast Today)
• A Massachusetts lobsterman raised concerns about offshore wind at a forum that is studying navigation routes on areas to be populated with offshore wind turbines. (Cape Cod Times)
• Strong net metering policies make the Northeast the leading market for small-scale wind energy, despite having weaker winds than other parts of the country. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: Advocates question why trees are being cut for solar projects in Massachusetts when rooftops and parking lots are still available. (WGBH)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: If Baltimore succeeds in closing down its trash-burning facility, a cascading sets of issues will need resolution. (NPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new coalition is calling for New York state and local municipalities to transition to electric vehicles by 2040. (amNY)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• As Democrats won control of state legislatures nationally, hundreds of new laws supporting clean energy have been introduced. (Associated Press)
• Lawmakers in New Jersey say the costs of proposed clean energy and efficiency policies still aren’t clear. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR:
• The legacy of Three Mile Island and a burgeoning natural gas industry present a unique set of challenges to nuclear energy proponents of a subsidy plan in Pennsylvania. (WHYY)
• As nuclear and natural gas interests gas are pitted against each other in Pennsylvania’s battle over nuclear power subsidies, the decision could rest with which side renewable energy advocates align themselves. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Federal officials say the manufacturer of the manufacturer of storage casks for spent nuclear fuel at the Vermont Yankee plant violated safety regulations at other facilities where it is operating. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• A non-profit consortium says New England is not taking full advantage of offshore wind’s potential by not allowing it to take part in the region’s capacity market. (The Day)
• An environmental organization says Vermont must move beyond goals to combat climate change and pass its own Global Warming Solutions Act. (VT Digger)
• A former Pennsylvania state senator says pipelines have proven to be the safest way to get large quantities of natural gas to market. (PennLive)

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