Northeast Energy News

New Jersey nuclear subsidy bill stalls in state Senate

NUCLEAR: A controversial nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey stalled on Monday when it failed to advance in the Senate; lawmakers say it needs further review. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A settlement agreement may soon resolve the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which ceased operations in 2014. (

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TRANSMISSION: Utility executives and a former federal regulator explain why it’s getting more complicated to build transmission lines. (Midwest Energy News)

CARBON EMISSIONS: A new report says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could generate more than $7 billion by 2030 toward energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

• Burlington, Vermont is one of 100 cities worldwide getting 70 percent or more of its energy from renewable sources, according to a new report. (InsideClimate News)
• At a forum, advocates of renewable energy and state officials
raised concerns and considered the advantages of New Jersey moving to a clean-energy economy. (NJ Spotlight)

• A Vermont utility will team up with the town of Rutland to give away a new energy-efficient home. (Vermont Public Radio)
• Efficiency upgrades at four Massachusetts schools are expected to start paying for themselves after two years. (Wicked Local)

• Allowing oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast is “not worth the risk” say South Jersey officials gathered Monday to demonstrate opposition to the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan. (
Two Massachusetts groups sometimes at odds with each other have banded together in opposition to the federal government’s proposed offshore oil and gas drilling plan. (Salem News)

• The development of 10 new natural gas pipelines will make it harder for New York to meet its emissions reduction goal, according to a new report. (Albany Times Union)
• Lambertville, New Jersey officials on Monday adopted two resolutions aimed at stopping the proposed PennEast pipeline. (New Hope Free Press)
Despite a competing pipeline proposal, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation plans to expand its natural gas system to the Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland. (Delaware Business Now)

• Several towns in southwestern New Hampshire want the state to join Massachusetts and Maine in conducting a feasibility study on developing offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine. (
• Rhode Island’s convention center authority signs a wind energy contract that is expected to save $10 million over 25 years. (Windpower Engineering)

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COAL: The Trump administration’s plans to revive the coal industry seems in contrast to the public’s waning view of coal, according to a new report. (The Morning Call)

• A Baltimore Sun editorial says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan should focus on replacing leaky pipelines rather than expanding the state’s natural gas pipeline system.
• Vermont should be encouraging the electrification of transportation rather than slapping electric vehicle owners with fees, says a Vermont Sierra Club member. (VT Digger)
The ESSEX Plan will lower electricity rates, provide additional rebates for low-income and rural residents Vermonters, and improve public health, and should be passed so the governor can sign it, says a co-author of the plan. (Vermont Biz)
The vice president of a free-market think tank says the ESSEX Plan would not provide the climate change panacea it claims to accomplish. (Rutland Herald)

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