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Pennsylvania lawmaker pushing for carbon capture incentives

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency contractors face an uncertain future as their tasks are considered non-essential during the coronavirus outbreak and stay-at-home orders inhibit their ability to work safely. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: An apartment building in New York will deploy ground source heat pumps to demonstrate their viability in an energy efficiency project. (Troy Record)

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CARBON CAPTURE: A Pennsylvania lawmaker will propose an update to the state’s renewable energy requirements that would include incentives for carbon capture at the state’s power plants. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• A company that specializes in acquiring and dismantling closed nuclear power plants sues New Jersey over unpaid tax credits it is owed from its agreement to relocate to the state. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Pennsylvania county officials and Exelon are in a dispute over whether adequate social distancing measures are in place during the ongoing refueling operation at the Limerick nuclear power plant. (6ABC)
• Federal regulators are easing some restrictions on the operation of nuclear power plants, including the length of shifts for workers. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Offshore wind advocates believe the U.S. can reach 1 GW of capacity by 2024 but worry that the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic will delay several projects. (Utility Dive)
• The Connecticut Port Authority leases a five-acre parcel in New London to accommodate rail services that will be displaced by a plan to convert part of the facility to an offshore wind staging area. (The Day)
The rift between offshore wind developers and critics from the fishing industry does not seem to be narrowing in comments made to federal regulators reviewing proposals for navigation. (Windpower Monthly) 

SOLAR: Net metering expansion in New Hampshire is in limbo as the state senate has overridden Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto, but the legislative session has been suspended until May 4. (Daily Energy Insider)

PIPELINES: A federal court dismisses a lawsuit by Pennsylvania residents who claimed false arrest during their 2016 protests at an Energy Transfer pipeline construction suite. (Bloomberg, subscription required)

UTILITIES: The New York Power Authority waives its rate increase for its economic development partners for the 2020-2021 fiscal year starting in July. (Niagara Frontier Publications)

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration’s repeal of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards could affect New Jersey’s efforts to cut pollution. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY: A New York business owner says electric vehicle infrastructure should be left to the private sector. (Albany Times Union)

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