Northeast Energy News

New Jersey regulators eyeing nuclear subsidies months after approval

NUCLEAR: New Jersey regulators are reviewing subsidies to nuclear power plants approved only a few months ago to determine if they should be extended or reduced. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
Exelon is asking federal regulators to lessen safety regulations at Three Mile Island after the plant closes at the end of the month. (Press & Journal)
• Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says there are insufficient funds to decommission the Pilgrim nuclear plant and that federal regulators prematurely approved the facility’s sale. (Bloomberg) 

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REGULATION: A state utility watchdog says Central Maine Power continues to suffer problems with its metering and billing, contradicting a regulator’s report that says high bills were caused by increased energy use. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: A new report says solar industry employment in Massachusetts fell by 30% over a three-year period despite state efforts to promote clean energy adoption. (SouthCoastToday)

PIPELINES: New York environmental officials will continue to fight the Constitution pipeline, which recently won a reprieve when federal regulators overruled state objections. (Albany Times Union)

EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania legislators are rallying behind a “cap and invest” proposal that would limit carbon emissions and spend funds on clean energy initiatives. (WHYY) 

POWER PLANTS: A Pennsylvania regulator’s report says natural gas will provide 45% of the state’s electricity by 2023 as coal and nuclear generation continue to decline. (POWER Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: Woolwich officials reaffirm their support of a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower, bucking a trend of communities reversing actions in favor of it. (Portland Press Herald)

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CLIMATE: Critics of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan say it relies too much on fossil fuel infrastructure and its definition of clean energy is overly broad. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
A cleantech initiatives director says New York City’s climate law regulating efficiency in buildings needs to resolve numerous issues for it to become workable. (Crain’s New York Business)
An editorial board says momentum behind offshore wind in Massachusetts could be lost if federal delays in its project review continue. (Gloucester Daily Times)
An environmentalist says National Grid is holding New York City customers hostage to its demand for a new natural gas pipeline in a bid to increase profits. (New York Daily News)

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