Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania poised to join regional emissions compact

CLIMATE: Gov. Tom Wolf today is expected to announce Pennsylvania will take the first steps to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (PennLive)

ALSO:
• A Vermont official concedes the state will not meet its target of a 50% emissions reduction by 2028. (VT Digger)
• Baltimore and a host of oil and gas companies argue before the U.S. Supreme Court whether the city’s climate lawsuit should be tried in federal or state courts. (Baltimore Sun)
• An eastern Maine county says it can become carbon neutral with increased renewable energy, more electric vehicle charging and other actions. (Ellsworth American)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: New Hampshire regulators will study the costs of net metering because they don’t have enough data on the topic that has divided the governor and legislature for two years. (NHPR)

OFFSHORE WIND:
A Danish offshore wind company and Delaware officials are negotiating a lease of state parkland for a transmission interconnection in exchange for up to $18 million for park improvements. (Delaware News Journal)
New York seeks qualified companies and port operators to upgrade its infrastructure in anticipation of offshore wind development. (reNews)
The company chosen to operate a Connecticut port that is vying to become an offshore wind energy hub manages other industrial ports in the Northeast and Midwest. (CT Examiner)
The largest wind turbines in the world would rise 853 feet off the Delaware coast and are already generating opposition by beachfront property owners. (WHYY)

EMISSIONS: A federal court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency is not doing enough to prevent the cross-state movement of ozone in a case brought by several Northeastern states. (The Hill) 

NUCLEAR:
New Jersey lured a company that will decommission nuclear power plants to its state by crediting a “phantom tax” payment that qualified it for further incentives. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Gov. Phil Murphy bows to pressure from environmentalists and creates a panel to oversee the safe decommissioning of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey. (Asbury Park Press)

POWER PLANTS: A Maryland inspector cites the Morgantown power plant for improper storage of coal ash. (WAMU)

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PIPELINES:
A New York congressman is blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the recent death of a truck driver hauling compressed natural gas on a state highway because the lack of a pipeline is forcing overland transport. (WSKG)
Massachusetts communities worry that a pipeline explosion that occurred in the eastern part of the state last year could occur elsewhere due to aging infrastructure and an expanded network. (Valley Advocate)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Three Mile Island leaves a complicated legacy but the closed nuclear plant did more good than harm for its central Pennsylvania region. (Press & Journal)

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