Northeast Energy News

New Jersey nuclear operators would trade subsidies for energy contracts

NUCLEAR: Two companies that won a $300 million annual subsidy for their nuclear plants offer to give it up if New Jersey switches to contracts for energy produced in the state. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL & GAS:
• Hilco Development now officially owns a closed Philadelphia refinery site and calls it a “generational opportunity” to invest in the city and create an environmentally conscious commercial hub. (WHYY)
• Some Pennsylvania residents say they are not surprised by a grand jury report slamming oversight of fracking in the state, while Republican legislators defend the industry. (TribLIVE, StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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DECARBONIZATION: Advocates of heat pumps criticize a Rhode Island report on decarbonizing the heating sector that discounts the technology and instead suggests further study of alternatives. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• New York’s highest court reverses a lower court ruling and allows eminent domain proceedings to continue against a western New York landowner who challenged pipeline development across his property. (Olean Times Herald)
• A Pennsylvania judge dismisses charges against a pipeline official over the way he hired private security for the Mariner East pipeline. (E&E News, subscription required) 

CLEAN ENERGY: Maryland clean energy jobs disappeared during the pandemic but a trade group hopes many may return as the state slowly reopens. (Maryland Matters)

CLIMATE:
• Shorter winters and hotter summers make the Northeast the fastest warming region in the country. (InsideCimateNews)
• Proponents and opponents of stricter emissions limits in Massachusetts gear up for a final push to finish legislation delayed by the coronavirus pandemic as the legislative session enters its final month. (SouthCoastToday)
• New York’s Climate Action Council meets for the first time since March and sets a tentative schedule of holding a stakeholder conference in July and starting public comments in August. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

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OFFSHORE WIND: The Connecticut Port Authority and City of New London are at odds over how to spend $3 million committed by an offshore wind developer seeking to base operations at the port. (The Day)

COMMENTARY: A former financial analyst says a lawsuit seeking to dismiss opposition to a Central Maine Power transmission line is an affront to state residents as most of the profits from the project are headed to the company’s Spanish parent. (Sun Journal) 

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