Northeast Energy News

New deal will hasten decommissioning of Vermont nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Vermont officials have struck a deal with the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and a demolition company, which will hasten the decommissioning of the power plant. (Rutland Herald)

ALSO: PSEG and Exelon, owners of the Salem nuclear power plant in New Jersey, plan to stop funding capital projects for the plant – citing the state’s delay in passing a nuclear subsidy bill. (ROI-NJ)

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• The Maine Senate has passed a bill to blunt the effects of an earlier net metering policy championed by the LePage administration. (PV Magazine)
Net metering in Vermont is pitting renewable energy advocates and developers against state regulators and power companies. (Rutland Herald)

WIND: A new bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly would prohibit any wind turbines from being erected within 26 miles of the coastline. (Delmarva Daily Times)

• A large solar array project in Becket, Massachusetts is expected to yield the city $53,000 each year over 20 years – in lieu of property tax payments. (The Berkshire Eagle)
A solar manufacturer has decided not to construct a plant in Genesee County, New York and will build overseas instead. (Democrat and Chronicle)
A church in Guilford, Connecticut has gone completely solar – decreasing the church’s carbon footprint and utility costs. (New Haven Register)
A plan to construct a solar array atop a skating rink in Hartford, Connecticut has fallen through after state regulators rejected an extension request by the developers. (Valley News)

UTILITIES: Northampton, Massachusetts officials are considering forming a joint municipal electric aggregation with the towns of Amherst and Pelham. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s support for natural gas is bringing out opposing views from environmentalist and natural gas proponents. (Baltimore Sun)
New Jersey Natural Gas customers will receive a rate cut and a one-time refund due to the federal tax reform passed last year in Congress. (Asbury Park Press)

OIL AND GAS: The lack of a traditional public hearing process is not stopping opponents of the Trump administration’s offshore oil and gas plan from speaking out. (Associated Press)

GRID: Residents on a Maine island hope a new microgrid will reduce their dependence on fuel imported from the mainland. (Bangor Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY: Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are national leaders in policies to support community-based energy, according to a study. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)

• New Jersey needs a more robust plan for wind energy, not the recent tepid approach undertaken by state regulators, says a editorial.
• Rhode Island should focus on renewable energy over a proposed natural gas power plant to reduce its carbon footprint, says a Harvard University graduate student. (GoLocalProv)
A New York Post editorial says that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decisions regarding natural gas are being driven by environmentalists and as a result are driving up consumer costs.
• A WBUR commentary says Massachusetts needs to up its game when it comes to offshore wind energy development so it doesn’t fall behind other states in the region.

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