Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts price cap could slow offshore wind development

WIND: A price cap in Massachusetts’ offshore wind law has advocates encouraging faster procurement process to take advantage of federal tax credits. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania’s attorney general still has few details after formally announcing its investigation into the Mariner East 2 pipeline, but says “we will leave no stone unturned in this case.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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• The sponsor of Pennsylvania’s nuclear subsidy bill said he acted because U.S. Department of Energy officials told him not to wait for federal action. (Utility Dive)
• Ratepayers, natural gas generators and environmentalists have all raised objections to Pennsylvania’s nuclear subsidy proposal. (Greentech Media)
“Very, very strong” natural gas interests in Pennsylvania will likely make the nuclear debate there different than in New York or New Jersey. (Bloomberg)
• Federal regulators grant the Seabrook nuclear plant a 20-year operating license extension. (Seacoast Online)
• PJM’s Independent Market Monitor supports an effort by merchant generators to seek a Supreme Court review of New York and Illinois nuclear subsidies. (RTO Insider)

• A Pennsylvania township has granted zoning approval for a $75 million solar installation on a property that is already crossed by multiple transmission lines. (Central Penn Business Journal)
• A Rhode Island solar siting bill that’s been worked on since mid-2017 will be discussed at a legislative hearing on Thursday. (ecoRI)

• Massachusetts and New York are among the top states for “energy democracy,” according to a new report. (Smart Grid Knowledge)
• New England’s wholesale electricity prices spiked 34 percent last year due in part to an extended winter cold spell, the region’s grid operator said. (New Haven Register)

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• Baltimore-based athletic apparel make Under Armour will detail within a year its plans to address climate change in response to questions from a large shareholder, the New York State pension fund. (Baltimore Sun)
• An eastern Pennsylvania county held a forum to discuss ways to reduce carbon emissions in the area’s cities. (WFMZ)

• An editorial board has come out against a plan to save Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants, saying it is an expensive bailout with an artificial deadline that doesn’t allow time for proper deliberations. (Lancaster Online)
• The Natural Resources Defense Council says the Pennsylvania nuclear bill “falls far short of the clean energy goals that Pennsylvanians want and the protections they need.”

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