Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania power plant to phase out coal by 2029

COAL: A power plant in Pennsylvania will phase out and completely halt all coal burning by 2029 under a deal struck between an environmental group and the company that runs the plant. (York Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: A transmission company has received federal approval to enable offshore wind energy projects in Massachusetts. (Utility Dive)

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BIOMASS: During a visit to New Hampshire, EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the agency is planning to declare biomass carbon neutral in “appropriate circumstances.” (New Hampshire Public Radio)

HYDRO: Pruitt also reiterated the Trump Administration’s support for hydropower during a visit to a Massachusetts dam. (Washington Examiner)

SOLAR:
• A water authority in Pennsylvania has switched to solar energy to power the plant’s sludge processes, disinfecting systems and advanced water treatments. (WTAJ)
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Technical and regulatory issues are holding up a solar project in a small town in Maine. (Mount Desert Islander)

REGULATION: ISO-New England says federal regulators should dismiss challenges to its plan to reform its capacity market by splitting it into two parts. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Newburyport, Massachusetts is extending a program that provides residents with reduced pricing for solar electric and efficient heat pump systems. (Wicked Local)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A pair of bills in the Maryland legislature would require utilities to obtain 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2030 – doubling the current mandate of 25 percent by 2020. (PV Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• New Jersey landowners in the path of a 120-mile natural gas pipeline project are continuing to fight the plan, despite eminent domain lawsuits filed against them. (NJ Spotlight)
• Delaware County, Pennsylvania officials have agreed to conduct a hazard assessment on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project after prompting from residents. (Delaware County Daily Times)
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A pipeline project has requested federal approval for a 51.3 mile transmission line to run from southwestern Pennsylvania to eastern Ohio. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: New Jersey residents and politicians opposed to the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan along the Atlantic coast showed up in force to a public hearing on Wednesday. (Press of Atlantic City)

NATURAL GAS: Clean energy advocates are pressuring Maryland Gov. Charlie Baker to abandon natural gas and instead focus on renewable energy. (Gloucester Times)

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CARBON PRICING: A conservative think tank says a proposed Vermont carbon tax plan would have no “measurable impact on climate.” (Bennington Banner)

COMMENTARY: A guest editorial writer says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas production would harm the state rather that provide any help. (PennLive.com)

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