Northeast Energy News

New Jersey regulators approve nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: New Jersey regulators approved a rescue plan to subsidize the state’s three nuclear reactors at a cost of $300 million for each of the next three years. (NJ.com)

NATURAL GAS: A state senator says he will introduce legislation to block the sale of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to neighboring states that have opposed pipeline construction; the plan would likely violate the Constitution’s commerce clause. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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HYDROPOWER:  Federal regulators approved removal of a hydropower dam in a Maine city to protect a fish species and extend a downtown park. (Press Herald)

BIOMASS: The owner of a 37 megawatt biomass generator in northern Maine closed last year is working with local officials to find a new use for the site. (Mainebiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A proposed law in Massachusetts could make electric vehicles more affordable by offering state rebates at the point of sale rather than customers filing an application for later reimbursement. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
The number of electric vehicles in Maine has doubled in five years but many residents are still wary of the vehicles’ range. (Bangor Daily News)

WIND: A 9 MW wind farm in Maine has filed a plan with local officials to add five new turbines that will increase its output by 20 MW. (Bangor Daily News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Adirondack Park Agency in New York will not update its energy plan, saying rules currently in place are adequate to address proposals for renewable energy in the park. (Adirondack Explorer)

PIPELINES:
Evidence of carcinogens present at the site of a proposed Massachusetts compressor station was ignored in a health assessment, documents suggest. (Desmog)
• Another round of letters threatening liens has been sent to property owners along a pipeline route in Pennsylvania in a dispute between the developer and a subcontractor. (Lancaster Online)

UTILITIES: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation increasing penalties for electric and gas companies changing customer suppliers without their consent. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Hampshire solar developer says a clean energy consensus that cuts across party lines has emerged in the state. (Sentinel Source)
• The New Jersey Sierra Club calls the approval of a nuclear power subsidy by regulators the biggest sellout in state history. (news release)
• A Delaware environmental organization says the state’s residents will be safer and healthier as the nuclear industry slowly passes from the scene. (Delaware State News)
• An editorial board has endorsed a proposal for a tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania to fund a $4.5 billion infrastructure plan. (Lancaster Online)

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