Northeast Energy News

New York City seeks steep cuts in building emissions

EMISSIONS: New York City is poised to pass a law limiting building emissions by 40% by 2030 overall with owners facing steep fines for noncompliance. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: A new book aims to provide a “legal version of the Manhattan project” for policymakers and citizens to take action to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators have asked Holtec International for more information to determine if the company has the staff and expertise to handle simultaneous nuclear plant decommissionings in New Jersey and Massachusetts. (The Sandpaper)

TRANSMISSION:
A state legislator has proposed an existing but seldom used oil pipeline route as an alternative to a controversial power line to import Canadian hydropower through western Maine. (Press Herald)
A Maine legislative committee has endorsed a study of the emissions impact of a proposed transmission project, which could delay it. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
• The University of Maine is exploring using solar power to replace a wind turbine on one of its campuses that was damaged in a fire a year ago. (WAGM)
• A town board in western New York again tabled a 7.3 MW solar project in order to review a report from the state agriculture department. (Daily Messenger)

PIPELINES:
A citizens group is asking Pennsylvania environmental officials to conduct baseline scientific studies along the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline. (Courier Times)
• A New York City tenants organization is endorsing a controversial natural gas pipeline under New York Harbor saying residents would benefit from access to cleaner and cheaper heating fuel. (Daily News)
• Environmental officials are ordering more testing at a proposed Massachusetts gas compressor site saying hazardous waste removal is incomplete. (Patriot-Ledger)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A quasi-public agency that runs a trash-burning facility in Connecticut has failed to provide the state with numerous required reports over a two-year period. (Hartford Courant)

WIND: The owners of Connecticut’s only commercial wind farm want Eversource to pay them $1 million in lost revenue they blame on faulty equipment connecting it to the distribution system. (Hartford Business)

COMMENTARY:
• A coalition of New Hampshire stakeholders is urging Yale University to disavow the Northern Pass transmission line in which the university has leased a section of the proposed route. (InDepthNH)
• A Pennsylvania think tank says that a state subsidy sought by Exelon to save nuclear power plants will signal the end of competitive energy markets. (The Mercury)
• A founder of a progressive think tank is urging New York to pass sweeping legislation that would make the state’s economy carbon-free by 2050. (The Nation)

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