Northeast Energy News

New York’s governor pledges carbon-neutral electricity by 2040

POLICY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to launch a Green New Deal to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040, but climate activists say it’s “a vague pledge” that falls short on specifics and ambition. (Crain’s New York Business, Common Dreams)

CAP-AND-TRADE:
• New Jersey environmental regulators propose two rules to limit carbon emissions in order for the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Press of Atlantic City, news release)
• A petition filed last month in Pennsylvania could lead the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR: A new power purchase agreement in Philadelphia could spur the construction of the state’s largest solar power facility. (Metro)

STORAGE: Massachusetts policymakers are looking to energy storage to help areas handle grid saturation from distributed solar. (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: A commercial building efficiency program in Connecticut is turning its focus to smaller buildings, hoping to build on its progress with larger properties. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A state report recommends that all new cars, light trucks and buses sold in Massachusetts be electric by 2040. (WBUR)

PIPELINES: A natural gas pipeline developer that was granted eminent domain to build on land in New Jersey still needs to meet multiple environmental standards. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS:
• The New Jersey Senate passes a resolution to urge Gov. Phil Murphy to block a proposed rule that would permit the storage and disposal of fracking wastewater in the Delaware River Basin. (news release)
• Massachusetts senators are demanding answers from Columbia Gas — the utility responsible for a series of explosions outside Boston in September — after a retired employee said he told the company that its job cuts could lead to a disaster. (Boston Herald)

POWER PLANTS: Developers hold the first of four open houses to discuss plans for a proposed 500 MW gas-fired power plant north of New York City. (WAMC)

NUCLEAR: During a radio show, experts debate whether Pennsylvania should bail out two nuclear plants that are scheduled to close prematurely. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EMISSIONS: Cars, boats, trucks and planes are responsible for most of the emissions in Maine, which presents a regulatory challenge for cutting carbon pollution in the state. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: Leadership in Massachusetts helped lay the groundwork for New England’s up-and-coming offshore wind industry, says a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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