Northeast Energy News

Maryland governor reluctantly allows renewable energy increase

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Despite saying the bill is “not clean enough, not smart enough,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will allow a bill requiring 50% renewable energy by 2030 to become law without his signature. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR:
• A New Hampshire residents’ group is raising money to buy radiological emissions monitoring equipment for 17 communities in the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Seabrook nuclear plant. (Seacoastonline)
• Environmentalists say the closure later this month of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts will cause an uptick in regional emissions as its generation will be replaced by natural gas for now. (Patriot-Ledger)

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PIPELINES:
• A metropolitan planning commission in Massachusetts says an air quality permit for a compressor station should be reevaluated in light of recently released information of incomplete emissions testing. (Patriot-Ledger)
• Protests at a New Jersey compressor station that is slated for expansion were held in a last-ditch effort to stop the project. (NJTV)

STORAGE: Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has introduced legislation to provide $60 million annually to research storage technologies to boost the use of wind and solar energy. (The Hill)

BIOMASS: A state grant will be used to colocate a proposed hydroponic greenhouse at a wood-chip burning power plant that will recover waste heat at the New Hampshire facility. (NH Business Review)

SOLAR:
• The Connecticut Green Bank’s efforts to include solar power adoption in communities of color show success rates much higher than national averages, according to a report. (Solar Builder)
• A New Jersey city is endorsing a plan to convert 1,330 acres owned by a municipal utility into a site for a 150 MW solar array. (Daily Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An upstate New York solid waste authority has completed construction of a plant that will convert food waste to energy via an anaerobic digester to power a water treatment facility. (Waste360)

CLIMATE CHANGE: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has taken the unusual step to write to New York state lawmakers in support of legislation that would make the state free of fossil fuels by 2050. (Times Union)

POLICY: Maine Gov. Janet Mills will soon name her first Public Utilities Commission member to help set her energy agenda following the recent resignation of former chair Mark Vannoy. (Bangor Daily News)

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TRANSPORTATION: Rhode Island may join the multi-state Transportation Climate Initiative, which is devising a way to set and sell emissions credits for fuel-based vehicles. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY: An energy buying consortium says a plan by New England’s grid operator to include nuclear power for special payments in a winter reliability program is merely a giveaway to the Millstone power plant. (CT Mirror)

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