Northeast Energy News

New Jersey’s last coal power plant closing today

POWER PLANTS: The last remaining coal-fired power plant in New Jersey, whose owners scuttled a plan to convert to natural gas, is shutting down permanently today. (Press of Atlantic City)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Maine Gov. Janet Mills proposed a sweeping bill to create a state climate council, reduce emissions by 80% and commit to 100% renewable energy. (Bangor Daily News)

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PIPELINES:
• Massachusetts’ top energy and environmental official accepted a job at an environmental consultant that is working for a natural gas pipeline developer just months after a key project permit was issued. (DeSmog)
• Officials of an eastern Pennsylvania town want the Mariner East 2 pipeline shut down after a sinkhole appeared last week. (Daily Times)
• Reconfirmation of a Pennsylvania environmental official has been postponed while investigations of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are ongoing. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

NATURAL & GAS: Residents of a western Pennsylvania community blame fracking for contamination of their wells but state and federal environmental officials say elevated contaminants predated area drilling. (KDKA)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Two trash-burning facilities sued Baltimore in federal court claiming a city emissions law violated their constitutional rights by imposing extraordinarily low limits. (Courthouse News Service)

SOLAR:
An analyst says solar energy has gotten so cheap it will weather the phasedown of the federal investment tax credit. (Greentech Media)
A suite of energy bills moved through a New Hampshire legislative committee with bipartisan support, including a net metering expansion similar to one Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed last year. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR: Private companies are stepping in to assist power plant owners as they run out of areas to store spent nuclear fuel. (Delaware Public Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Federal officials have designated eight transportation corridors in Maine that would be preferred locations for the eventual development of electric vehicle charging stations. (Mainebiz)

FUEL CELLS: Construction of a 7.4 MW fuel cell park at a Connecticut naval base has been delayed as additional blasting will be required to remove granite at the site. (The Day)

COMMENTARY:
• The new president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says the company is committed to rebuilding public trust after last year’s fatal explosion. (Eagle Tribune)
• A former elected official on Long Island says the regional economy is at risk due to “irrational” opposition to natural gas pipelines. (Long Island Business News)

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