Northeast Energy News

New Jersey climate goals could slow push for new power plant

NATURAL GAS:
• As local political leaders in northern New Jersey praise plans for a new natural gas power plant to supply New York City, questions remain as to whether Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will support the project. (NorthJersey.com)
• Final hearings begin today on a proposed new natural gas plant in Rhode Island. (ecoRI)

BIOMASS: The EPA’s recent announcement that biomass will be considered carbon neutral is a big win for a lobbying group with close ties to Scott Pruitt. (InsideClimate News)

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PIPELINES: Construction is halted once again on the Mariner 2 East pipeline in Pennsylvania after drilling fluid is spilled several times. (Daily Local)

WIND: The Pennsylvania Game Commission approves a moratorium on wind turbines on state game land after rejecting 19 proposals since 2005. (Morning Call)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• A Massachusetts company will develop a 20 MW battery system for the UK’s first large scale storage project. (Windpower Engineering & Development)
• An upstate New York university campus unveils a new solar array that includes a battery system to provide backup in emergencies. (Hudson Valley News Network)

SOLAR: A Massachusetts solar project is on hold after possible wetlands violations. (MassLive)

EMISSIONS:
• Experts tell a New York task force that the state should develop an estimate for the cost of carbon emissions. (RTO Insider)
• American University in Washington, D.C. has reached its goal of carbon neutrality two years early; Bates College in Maine says it is on track to reach its goal by 2020. (The Eagle, Lewiston Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey calls on federal officials to ensure nuclear plant sites are protected from rising sea levels. (Boston Globe)
• Federal regulators will host a public meeting next week on the safety of the Seabrook plant in New Hampsire. (Seacoast Online)

HYDRO: New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services joins those who are skeptical of reassurances from the owner of several dams along the Connecticut River that the facilities are not contributing to erosion. (Valley News)

UTILITIES: Eversource is cutting back trees along 4,000 miles of power lines after widespread power outages this winter. (Harford Courant)

COMMENTARY:
• A Maine advocate outlines the environmental risks of Massachusetts relying heavily on Canadian hydropower. (Bangor Daily News)
• Failure to advance net metering reform in Maine is part of a broader trend of utility-backed policies to weaken distributed generation. (PV Magazine)
• The director of the New England Petroleum Council warns of blackouts if new natural gas pipelines are not developed. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• RGGI shows how it is possible to have a carbon pricing system that benefits local economies(Vox)

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