Northeast Energy News

New Jersey governor asked to conditionally veto nuclear subsidy bill

NUCLEAR:
• A coalition of business, consumer, labor and environmental groups want New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to conditionally veto the nuclear subsidy bill passed last month by the state legislature. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Delaware’s Public Advocate is urging the Trump administration to deny FirstEnergy’s emergency nuclear bailout request. (Delaware Business Times)

BIOMASS:
• A bill that adds biomass to the list of renewable energy generators in Rhode Island has passed in the state Senate. (ecoRI news)
• U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has introduced a bill that would provide grants to help local governments pay for the costs of installing biomass-fueled energy systems. (The Ripon Advance)

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SOLAR:
The latest iteration of a Connecticut energy bill preserves net metering and gives solar customers other options. (CT Mirror)
The U.S. Navy will add a 21-megawatt solar park to land it owns near a naval station in Rhode Island. (Navy Times)

WIND: New York regulators to hold meeting on Monday about the future of wind energy along Long Island coast. (Newsday)

EFFICIENCY:
• A draft four-year strategic plan in New Jersey aims to boost energy efficiency while at the same time reducing consumer costs. (NJ Spotlight)
• Burlington, Vermont has joined a global organization aimed at cutting in half greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings by 2030. (VT Digger)

PIPELINES:
• All the Democratic candidates running for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania are at odds with Gov. Tom Wolf over the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. (The Mercury News)
• A Canadian pipeline operator is suing the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts in order to build a natural gas compressor station next to the Fore River. (The Boston Globe)

OIL AND GAS:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation prohibiting leases for drilling underwater within three miles of New York’s coastline. (Associated Press)
• National Fuel is planning to ramp up its natural gas drilling program in Pennsylvania. (Buffalo News)

TRANSMISSION: Two Maine lawmakers opposed to a 145-mile transmission project that will run through the state have sent Massachusetts regulators a letter stating their objections. (Portland Press Herald)

GRID: Even if the summer is usually hot, New England will have enough energy resources to meet consumer demands for electricity, says ISO-New England. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: FirstEnergy is offering its customers several new discounts toward the purchase of electric vehicles. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy needs to conditionally veto a nuclear subsidy bill so its worst features can be corrected, says a columnist. (NJ.com)
• The future of wind energy is a stake as Massachusetts is set to choose a developer for energy procurement. (SouthCoastToday.com)
• Massachusetts must do more to create a stable regulatory platform so the local solar industry can thrive, says an editorial. (The Berkshire Eagle)
• More Vermonters could purchase wood heating systems if lawmakers pass a proposed sales tax exemption, says a guest columnist. (VT Digger)

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