Northeast Energy News

New York regulators pull air permit for new natural gas plant

POWER PLANTS: State regulators pull an air permit for a new 680 MW natural gas-fired plant northeast of New York City, forcing it to shut down shortly before it was scheduled to start generating electricity. (Bloomberg, The Journal News)

ALSO:
• A Rhode Island town wants a survey of underground water performed at a site that’s been selected for a natural gas and diesel power plant. (ecoRI News)
• Rhode Island’s attorney general says the town shouldn’t be allowed to resell water to the proposed power plant. (ecoRI News)

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EMISSIONS: Vermont is not on track to meet its climate change target, according to a new report that shows emissions have increased in recent years. (VT Digger)

SOLAR: Ocean City, Maryland, will spend $45,000 on a solar project as part of an effort to increase the city’s renewable energy portfolio. (WMDT)

WIND:
• Five turbines on the New York State Thruway were supposed to save the state $420,000 a year, but four of them have been sitting idle for at least six months. (The Buffalo News)
• Geologists will conduct a study of the ocean floor in federal waters off the coast of Rhode Island to ensure the site is suitable for a new wind farm. (Providence Journal)

RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy jobs have increased by 72 percent in Rhode Island during the last four years, according to a new report. (Associated Press)
• Environmental advocates and local officials gather at a high school in northeast Massachusetts to call for 100 percent renewable energy in the state. (The Salem News)
• It’s unclear who will pay to make New Jersey’s ambitious clean energy goals a reality. (Asbury Park Press)

BIOMASS: A 17 MW biomass plant in central New Hampshire is among a half dozen chip-burning plants on the verge of closure after Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have helped the industry. (Valley News)

REGULATION: A June ruling by federal regulators that found state subsidies of nuclear and renewable energy are ‘unjust and unreasonable’ could undermine clean energy efforts in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR: Officials in Waterford, Connecticut, evaluate options for the town’s economic future after threats that the Millstone Nuclear Power Station could shut down early. (The Day)

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PIPELINES: Sunoco says mainline construction on its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, which traverses 17 counties in southern Pennsylvania, is 99 percent complete. (Reading Eagle)

COMMENTARY:
• Local officials in western New Hampshire should listen to residents’ concerns about proposed solar projects, says an editorial. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• A new report incorrectly claims that Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is causing the state to go backward on clean energy, and others are repeating the misinformation, says a group of renewable energy leaders. (Baltimore Sun)
• Battery storage and other cleantech projects deserve a prime place on Massachusetts’ research and development agenda, says an editorial. (Boston Globe)

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