Northeast Energy News

Northeast states slam Trump rollback of auto efficiency standards

AUTOMOTIVE: Government officials and green groups from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine and other Northeast states criticize the Trump administration’s plan to freeze auto efficiency standards. (Connecticut Post, MyChesCo, Delaware.gov, Portland Press Herald, New York Times)

ALSO:
• Pennsylvania will join 18 other states to sue the Trump administration for scrapping Obama-era auto efficiency rules. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Why rolling back auto efficiency rules would hit Connecticut especially hard. (Connecticut Mirror)
• Maryland officials want to spend nearly $76 million from a federal settlement with Volkswagen on new school buses, electric vehicle charging stations and programs to promote clean vehicles. (Baltimore Sun)

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SOLAR: Three proposed solar farms in central Massachusetts could save a town nearly $6 million over 20 years, but over 200 citizens have spoken out against the projects. (The Republican)

STORAGE:
• Developers are planning a 5.3 MWh, utility-scale battery storage project south of Burlington, Vermont. (news release)
• Massachusetts’ new clean energy bill includes a 1,000 MW energy storage target. (Energy Storage News)

BIOFUEL: A company will examine the feasibility of installing an anaerobic digestion facility in eastern Massachusetts that would turn solid septic waste, sewage and food waste into natural gas. (Cape Cod Times)

NUCLEAR:
• Local residents are bracing for the closure of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plants, which is slated to close in the fall of next year. (E&E News)
• Spent fuel has successfully been removed from Vermont’s Yankee nuclear power plant, clearing the way for a potential sale. (VT Digger)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators vote to remove injunctions blocking construction on parts of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2X natural gas pipelines. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The Clean Energy Jobs Act is the best way to achieve 100 percent renewable energy in Maryland, says the executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. (Baltimore Sun)
• The earlier New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant is decommissioned the better, says the South Jersey Times editorial board.

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