Northeast Energy News

New York’s last coal plant shuts down today

COAL: New York’s last coal-fired power plant will shut down permanently today; a developer is seeking state funds to convert the site into a data center. (Buffalo News)

ALSO: Consol Energy closes a Pennsylvania coal mine, idling 500 employees, after two workers test positive for COVID-19. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

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WIND: New Jersey regulators approve a plan for an offshore wind transmission connection at the site of a former power plant. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: Rhode Island regulators will allow the state’s utilities to buy power from a 50 MW Connecticut solar project. (Providence Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Supreme Court rules Citgo is financially responsible for cleanup costs for a 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. (The Hill)
• Financially overextended natural gas companies are likely to compound the economic challenges for rural Pennsylvania as prices fall. (New York Times)

GRID: “This is pretty unprecedented”: New York’s decision to require grid operators to live full-time at control facilities is a test case for the rest of the country. (E&E News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A proposal to create a state siting authority for energy projects in New York appears to be moving forward despite opposition from some local governments. (Hudson Valley 360)

EFFICIENCY:
• A university study finds New York City’s energy audit requirement has led to a reduction in energy use, but not enough to meet city climate goals. (news release)
• Eleven New England companies are recognized by the EPA for their energy efficiency efforts. (news release)

OVERSIGHT: Advocates push New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to put fossil fuel developments and other projects on hold amid coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A Baltimore editorial board says despite a judge’s ruling that the city overstepped its authority on restricting pollution, “the future of trash is not burning it.” (Baltimore Sun)

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