Northeast Energy News

Nuclear lobbyists spend $6.5 million in Pennsylvania

NUCLEAR: Nuclear energy lobbyists spent $6.5 million in Pennsylvania since the third quarter of 2018 in an attempt to get state lawmakers to provide subsidies, a watchdog group says. (Press & Journal)

PIPELINES:
• A federal agency says a fatal gas explosion last year in Massachusetts was caused by engineering errors and lax oversight by the utility Columbia Fas. (Boston Herald)
• The worksite at the Mariner East pipeline plagued by sinkholes and where a court injunction was lifted still needs water quality permits from Pennsylvania regulators for work to resume. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• New Jersey environmental regulators will have another month to decide the fate of a Transco 26.8 mile pipeline connecting New Jersey and New York as developers ask for a delay. (Bridgewater Courier News)

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CLIMATE: The newly created Maine Climate Council, which is charged with finding strategies to make the state carbon neutral by 2045, holds its first meeting today. (WGME)

BIOENERGY:
• A Vermont college will close its anaerobic digester in December due to a lack of food waste needed to operate the facility. (VT Digger)
• A Massachusetts farm holds an open house to display its digester that produces methane from the waste of its 600-cow herd to help keep the farm operating. (Masslive.com) 

WIND: Penn State researchers develop a model that predicts which sites may be more conducive to wind energy production. (Penn State News)

EMPLOYMENT: Three executives sue Talen Energy in federal court as they say the company eliminated their pensions after the company took over a Pennsylvania power plant and terminated them. (Morning Call)

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SOLAR:
• A city in western New York unveils a new solar project on a former landfill, one of five projects officials say will provide 80% of municipal energy needs. (WGRZ)
• A Maine town will pursue development of a solar project on a former landfill that would include a 20-year power contract with a developer. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of New Jersey’s largest utility says the company’s energy efficiency proposals align with state legislation but utilities must be given the opportunity to lead the effort. (NJ Spotlight)
• A shale gas coalition says New York and New England are losing the benefits of cheap energy by the refusal of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow new pipeline construction. (Crain’s New York Business)

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