Northeast Energy News

New England’s last coal-fired power plants face uncertain futures

POWER PLANTS: New England’s largest remaining coal-fired power plant — a 440 MW facility in New Hampshire — faces an uncertain fate due to its age and competition from cheap natural gas. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A state Supreme Court judge says a natural gas plant northeast of New York City can resume startup tests after state regulators pulled an air permit for the project. (POWER)
• A town in northwest Rhode Island asks Gov. Gina Raimondo to stop plans to build a massive gas-fired power plant, saying it’s in direct conflict with her energy and environmental goals. (Uprise RI)

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UTILITIES: Developer Caithness Long Island Energy sues New Jersey utility PSEG for allegedly conspiring to “exclude competition” by rejecting its plans for a new power plant on Long Island. (Newsday)

NUCLEAR:
• Holtec International tells federal regulators how it would handle the decontamination and demolition of a 50-year-old nuclear plant in eastern New Jersey. (Press of Atlantic City)
• FirstEnergy submits regulatory paperwork to begin the process of deactivating its three nuclear power plants, including one in eastern Pennsylvania. (Power Engineering)

EFFICIENCY:
• Major New York City landlords pledge to reduce energy use in their largest buildings 20 percent by 2030. (Bloomberg)
Construction begins on a net-zero affordable housing project in New Hampshire, which is expected to be the first of its kind in the state. (New Hampshire Business Review)

RENEWABLES: An institute within the University at Buffalo is helping the city advance clean energy projects. (UBNow)

SOLAR: Residents in central Massachusetts voice opposition to a proposed 8 MW solar project that would require clearing 48 acres of forestland. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

STORAGE: Pennsylvania-based Axion Power files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, making it the second Pittsburgh-area battery technology company to enter bankruptcy in the past two years. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OIL & GAS: The fracking industry increased its water usage by 20 percent in the Marcellus Shale region from 2011 to 2016, according to a new study. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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PIPELINES: FERC approves a pipeline expansion project in New Jersey that will be used to move natural gas to customers in the Northeast. (Kallanish Energy)

COMMENTARY:
• Rather than forcing New Yorkers to foot the bill for nuclear plant bailouts, ratepayers should have the choice to opt out in exchange for using renewables, says an editor for The Poughkeepsie Journal.
• Courts shouldn’t strike down programs in New York and Illinois that subsidize nuclear power plants, says an editorial in The Regulatory Review.
• Citizens can fight back against government attacks on the press by supporting nonprofit news, says the head of the Institute for Nonprofit News.

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