Northeast Energy News

Maryland releases plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

CLIMATE: Maryland releases its long-awaited plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with a target of 44% below 2006 levels by 2030. (Baltimore Sun)

NUCLEAR:
A company that decommissions nuclear power plants buys the recently closed Three Mile Island facility in Pennsylvania. (KUTV)
Massachusetts legislators introduce a bill to change membership in an advisory panel for the closed Pilgrim nuclear plant, replacing plant owners with Cape Cod residents. (Cape Cod Times)

SOLAR:
A Massachusetts company’s “solar skin” is helping customers overcome aesthetic objections from homeowners associations when installing solar panels. (Energy News Network)
A new study says adding solar to homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania provides the greatest increases in their value nationally. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

NATURAL GAS:
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts creates a new position of chief safety officer after a spate of mishaps and brings in an executive well known in the state’s industry. (Boston Globe)
Columbia Gas extends a moratorium on hookups for new customers in two Massachusetts towns after it abandons a project that would have increased capacity. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: A settlement is imminent between a transmission developer and its opponents in Maryland to allow an expanded power line in existing corridors instead of a new route. (Baltimore Sun)

UTILITIES:
Efficiency Vermont in a new report says state residents are spending an average of 10% of their income on energy with significantly higher amounts in more rural areas. (VT Digger)
Retiring Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell says the utility needed to become more innovative and embrace clean energy as it faced bankruptcy. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: An electric bus manufacturer based in northern New York introduces a new long-range model at a transportation trade show. (Post-Star)

WIND: A Rhode Island town council bans wind turbines outright after its conservation commission drafts an ordinance to allow them in limited circumstances. (ecoRI)

OIL & GAS: Local governments in Pennsylvania won the right to regulate fracking but their zoning laws vary widely. (Public Source)

COMMENTARY: A business columnist says the natural gas industry in western Pennsylvania provides economic opportunity to the region similar to the way steel did for previous generations. (Observer-Reporter)

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