Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania governor eyes joining regional cap-and-trade compact

EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed the state join a regional carbon cap-and-trade compact as part of an overall emissions reduction plan. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A report says that compliance with New York City’s new efficiency standards could cost building owners $20 billion over the next decade. (Crain’s New York Business)

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NUCLEAR:
Decades after its closure, the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant remains a storage site for its spent fuel. (Lohud.com)
Communities near the closed Oyster Creek power plant in New Jersey are preparing for a protracted process of dismantling and securing the site. (Asbury Park Press)

PIPELINES: Maryland has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a natural gas pipeline developer seeking to overturn the state’s denial of an easement needed to cross a rail trail. (Baltimore Sun)

FRACKING: A pro-gas coalition calls a letter to Pennsylvanian Gov. Tom Wolf “shameful” for trying to link childhood cancers to fracking. (Pittsburgh Business Times)  

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that will increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state. (VT Digger)

OIL & GAS: A venture backed by a major utility is building a system to truck natural gas from remote fields in Pennsylvania to power plants in New England. (Bloomberg)

POWER PLANTS: New Jersey officials have stopped environmental review of a natural gas power plant that would supply New York City while the developer resubmits a plan using a different technology. (NJTV)

BIOMASS: A subsidy for New Hampshire biomass plants attached to an unrelated bill is about to reach Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk, where its fate is uncertain. (NHPR)

OFFSHORE WIND: As New Jersey is poised to select developers for offshore wind projects, federal officials are gauging interest in the creation of a regional transmission line to serve multiple projects. (NJ Spotlight)

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JOBS: A report by a business group says clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania continue to grow and the sector employs twice as many people as fossil fuels. (KYW)

COMMENTARY:
• The U.S. Green Building Council is opposed to a Maryland proposal that new state facilities no longer would be certified as energy efficient or environmentally friendly by a third party. (Baltimore Sun)
• The Sierra Club says New Jersey’s clean energy plan misses an opportunity to address the climate emergency when it ignores natural gas. (Asbury Park Press)

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