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. (MassLive.com)

***SPONSORED LINK: Change the future of the energy industry with hundreds of professionals, visionaries, and academics at the 2018 MIT Energy Conference: Transformational Technologies, March 2nd & 3rd. Register here!”***

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)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• 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)

EFFICIENCY:
• 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)

OIL AND GAS:
• 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. (NJ.com)
• 
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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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. (SentinelSource.com)
• Rhode Island’s convention center authority signs a wind energy contract that is expected to save $10 million over 25 years. (Windpower Engineering)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join 100+ leading transmission executives & policymakers, including Southern Company, MISO, NYISO and New York Transco, LLC at the 21st Transmission Summit East, March 7-9, Register here!***

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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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)

Comments are closed.