Northeast Energy News

Mariner East pipeline problems focus of Pennsylvania hearing

PIPELINES: A joint state Senate hearing in Pennsylvania about pipeline safety ended up focusing mostly on the embattled Mariner East pipeline project. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR:
• Canton, Connecticut officials are considering a proposal to place solar rooftops on two school buildings, which would provide as much as 26 percent of the buildings’ electricity. (Hartford Courant)
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Town officials and residents of Brandon, Vermont are concerned about a lack of screening and other issues associated with a proposed 2.2-megawatt solar project. (Rutland Herald)
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A water treatment plant in Peters Township, Pennsylvania has received $318,461 in state funding to install a solar array on two acres that will generate approximately 540,127 kilowatt hours of electricity. (Herald-Mail Media)

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NUCLEAR:
• A federal bill making its way through Congress would compensate all cities and town across the country, such as Wiscasett, Maine, for the long-term storage of nuclear waste inside town boundaries. (Coastal Journal)
• A federal nuclear regulator says some nuclear plants “are not economic” but that the problems affecting the sector differ from region to region. (Washington Examiner)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Local business leaders, activists and elected officials gathered at a renewable energy summit in Berkshire County, Massachusetts to discuss how the county can move toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (ValleyAdvocate.com)

CARBON EMISSIONS: Nine states, including a handful in the Northeast, continue to pursue carbon pricing legislation. (Governing)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: As part of its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Medford, Massachusetts officials are considering purchasing electric vehicle charging stations and starting a campaign to solarize homes and businesses. (Wicked Local)

FRACKING:
• New Haven, Connecticut officials have passed an ordinance that prohibits the acquisition, storage, and sale of natural gas or oil waste associated with fracking. (New Haven Independent)
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An ordinance to ban the storage of fracking waste in Norwalk, Connecticut will get a public hearing next month. (TheHour.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two bus systems in Maine are considering applying jointly for state and federal grant money to replace their diesel buses with electric ones. (Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s cuts to renewable energy and climate research will harm Maine, say two ecologists. (Bangor Daily News)
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The passage of an omnibus Senate energy bill in Massachusetts could be a  gamechanger in addressing climate change while at the same time creating jobs, says a state senator. (MassLive.com)
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A Press of Atlantic City editorial says ratepayers would be on the hook for subsidy bills being considered by the New Jersey legislature.

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