Northeast Energy News

New Jersey nuclear plant could face early closure after Exelon sale

NUCLEAR: Exelon sells the country’s oldest nuclear power plant in southern New Jersey, which could result in the 50-year-old facility being decommissioned in the next eight years. (Asbury Park Press)

POLICY: Massachusetts lawmakers vote in favor of a reworked energy bill, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to support solar. (The Republican, Greenfield Recorder)

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SOLAR:
• Policy changes in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are included among the country’s top five solar policy developments in a new quarterly analysis. (PV Magazine)
• Residents in southeast Rhode Island are fighting a proposed 13.8 MW solar project that would lead to a zoning change in their town. (ecoRI News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Experts will begin exploring the ocean floor off Mayland’s coast to learn whether it’s suitable for the country’s second offshore wind farm. (Baltimore Sun)
• New York fishermen are worried about a plan to build 15 wind turbines off the coast of Montauk. (New York Post)

RENEWABLES: New York issues a pair of white papers that recommend enhancing payments for solar and other community distributed generation. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: Two wood-burning power plants in Maine have been offline for the last four months, despite receiving a state subsidy meant to keep the plants running. (Portland Press Herald)

POLITICS: A Democratic candidate for New Hampshire governor unveils a plan calling for at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. (Manchester Ink Link)

CLIMATE: Rhode Island uses a new approach to get fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change: it’s suing specifically for infrastructure damages. (Governing)

EMISSIONS: A new report shows that Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to increase between 2014 and 2015, which could make it harder for the state to reach its 2028 emissions target. (Vermont Business Magazine)

REGULATION: New Jersey, Maryland and other stakeholders ask FERC to revisit an order reshaping the PJM Interconnection capacity market, saying it improperly intervenes in state energy policies. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Connecticut-based distributor of EV charging stations plans a major expansion throughout the U.S. and Canada. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• In a Q&A, a natural gas specialist with IHS Markit says a push by President Trump to export liquid natural gas shouldn’t have much impact in Pennsylvania for several years. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Maryland voters need to demand better clean energy policies from lawmakers, says the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun.

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