Northeast Energy News

New Jersey nuclear subsidy bill undergoing revision again

NUCLEAR: A nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey is once again undergoing revision — its fourth this year — after previous versions didn’t gain traction in the legislature. (NJ Spotlight)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: New York state plans to convert at least 500,000 municipal streetlights to LEDs by 2025 – saving taxpayers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Urban CNY News)

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PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania landowners facing eminent domain proceedings say they expect the court to rule in favor of the PennEast project – a 120-mile natural gas pipeline project stretching from Pennsylvania to New jersey. (StateImpact)
• Pennsylvania’s department of environmental protection has extended the comment period for a required permit for the Shell Pipeline Co.’s Falcon pipeline project. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has put forth a bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy standards but also dismantle its net-metering policy. (PV Magazine)
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Legislation that encourages New Jersey homeowners and businesses to continue to invest in renewable energy has made it out of committee. (Tap into Sommerville)

SOLAR: The permitting process for three solar projects in Bennington, Vermont can move forward even though a lawsuit against the city’s energy plan is pending. (Bennington Banner)

TRANSMISSION: A group of Pennsylvania residents opposing a new transmission line say they’re concerned about aesthetics and impacts on property values. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

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UTILITIES: Vermont residents could pay 2.7 percent less on their gas bills starting in 2019 if state regulators approve a rate reduction being proposed by the state’s natural gas utility. (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY:
• As more coal and nuclear power plants close in the Northeast, the region needs to begin to build the infrastructure for additional domestic natural gas delivery, says the associate director of an energy institute. (The Hill)
• Establishing community solar projects in New Jersey would allow more residents access to solar energy, say a nonprofit director and advocacy foundation executive director. (NJ Spotlight)

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