Northeast Energy News

New Jersey lawmakers pass 50 percent renewable energy standard

NEW JERSEY: State lawmakers in New Jersey pass a bill requiring utilities to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• New Jersey lawmakers also approve $300 million a year in subsidies for two nuclear plants. (NJ.com)
• Other legislation revives a proposed 24 MW wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City. (Bloomberg)

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WIND: A fishing industry group calls for a “measured, restrained approach” to offshore wind in Massachusetts. (WorkBoat)

CLEAN ENERGY: Proposed budget cuts in Vermont would effectively shut down a state clean energy fund. (Seven Days)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators say plans to clean up the former Vermont Yankee nuclear plant site are inadequate, and request more information. (Rutland Herald)
• Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issues a statement supporting the Vermont Yankee plant’s proposed sale. (VT Digger)
• Advocates say careful study of the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey could provide clues as to whether extending the life of other plants poses a safety risk. (Asbury Park Press)

PIPELINES: A New Hampshire town seeks intervenor status in a proposed natural gas pipeline project. (Seacoast Online)

OIL AND GAS: A bill in Pennsylvania would weaken environmental regulations on conventional oil and gas operations. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EFFICIENCY:
• A western Massachusetts city becomes the sixth in the state to adopt Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. (Berkshire Eagle)
• A Delaware project offers high-efficiency modular homes with the promise of utility bills as low as $100 a year. (Cape Gazette)
• Experts urge Philadelphia officials to ensure that LED streetlights are installed in a way that minimizes sleep disruption. (WHYY)

SOLAR:
• Maryland regulators are considering a proposed 32.5 MW off-site solar array that would help power Georgetown University. (Georgetown Voice)
• A Connecticut company has helped 35 school districts install solar power. (Fox 61)
• A Maine town activates a new solar array that will provide 90 percent of electricity needed for municipal buildings. (MaineBiz)

COMMENTARY: The Trump administration’s support of offshore wind shows they do not want to miss economic opportunities even as they ignore climate change. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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