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Maine Senate endorses climate impact study for power line

TRANSMISSION:
The Maine Senate voted yesterday to support an independent study of the climate impacts of the proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Press Herald)

ALSO: Maine environmental officials held the final day of hearings on the project. (WMTW)

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PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania Senate committee recommended reappointment of a state environmental official over the objections of members who sought to delay the action over an ongoing investigation of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

NATURAL GAS:
• Con Edison reached an agreement to increase the flow of natural gas into three New York City boroughs in 2023, similar to an agreement reached with a supplier to the city’s suburbs. (Reuters)
• A Pennsylvania judge rejected a gas driller’s attempt to get access to a newspaper’s materials it was collecting for an article about a state investigation of oil and gas activities. (WESA)
• An ethane cracker plant under construction in western Pennsylvania will bring jobs to the region but also add thousands of tons of pollutants to some of the dirtiest air in the country. (WTAE)

POLICY: New York’s highest court affirmed the ability of state regulators to enforce policies intended to restrict activities of energy marketers that officials said led to deceptive practices. (Syracuse.com)

EFFICIENCY:
Work has started on an energy-efficient State University of New York campus dorm that will generate as much renewable energy as it will consume. (Associated Press)
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has joined a coalition of states to fight an attempted rollback of lighting energy efficiency standards by the Trump Administration. (press release)

SOLAR: A Connecticut site of 280 acres that is slated to locate a solar development as part of a multi-state clean energy procurement was sold to the developers for $7.7 million. (Hartford Business)

NUCLEAR: State officials have ramped up oversight of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as an accelerated schedule to dismantle the facility has begun. (VT Digger)

COAL: New York’s plan to phase out coal-fired generation by the end of next year remains on track as final rules were announced after a process that began in 2016. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An editor says just weeks away from the shutdown of Massachusetts’ nuclear power plant, the state needs to consider nuclear power in the ongoing fight against climate change. (Boston Magazine)
• A former U.S. EPA official who participated in international climate discussions says some Pennsylvania legislators have encouraged a disinformation campaign on the climate crisis. (PennLive)

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