Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania introduces plan to cut emissions by 80%

CLIMATE CHANGE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the state’s Climate Action Plan, which includes greenhouse gas reductions of 80%, adherence to the Paris Climate Accords and membership in the 24-state U.S. Climate Alliance. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that bans state agencies from granting permits needed to facilitate offshore drilling or transport across any state-owned land. (Bloomberg)

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OIL & GAS:
• Sunoco announced $200 million in construction projects to expand its Marcus Hook terminus facility outside Philadelphia that exports fossil fuels. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pennsylvania House Republicans introduced a series of bills that they say would capitalize on manufacturing opportunities from the state’s natural gas boom. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES:
• The Seneca Nation in western New York is concerned that potential spills from the National Fuel pipeline could impact waterways that feed into creeks that run through its land. (Buffalo News)
• Sunoco bought two homes in a Pennsylvania neighborhood that has been plagued by sinkholes during construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION:
A large crowd at a public hearing voiced strong opposition to the proposed $500 million 45-mile Transource power line that would connect Pennsylvania and Maryland. (Baltimore Sun)
Eversource has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss its Seacoast Reliability Project transmission upgrade in southern New Hampshire. (Seacoast Online)

ENERGY STORAGE:
The plummeting cost of energy storage could make renewable energy more viable and transform the politics of climate change. (Politico)
New York is encouraging energy storage deployment with a package of $280 million in incentives. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New York legislators are promoting a series of bills to encourage electric vehicle adoption including a measure to eliminate state sales tax on purchases. (Times Union)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Elected officials from New Jersey are advocating a revival of a federal block grant program to promote energy efficiency. (Courier News)

EMISSIONS: A Boston workshop of the Transportation Climate Initiative will consider ways to put a price on carbon from motor vehicles. (CommonWealth Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy consultant says the recent approval of nuclear subsidies in New Jersey is evidence that further restructuring of the utility sector is needed. (NJ Spotlight)
• A state economic official says Pennsylvania is left behind other energy producing states as it is the only one that does not impose a severance tax on natural gas extraction. (Daily Item)

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