Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania regulators OK restart of Mariner pipeline

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators recommend restarting the Mariner East 1 pipeline after safety inspections find no damage from sinkholes. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL AND GAS:
Lawmakers from both parties are backing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on oil and gas operations. (Mercury News)
A Texas company announces plans to increase drilling in Pennsylvania, in part because of anticipated increased demand from a new power plant. (WNEP)

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NUCLEAR: At a public hearing, critics oppose relicensing the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire, with one calling the facility “a disaster waiting to happen.” (Seacoast Online)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine utility responds to comments opposing a proposed transmission line. (Maine Public Radio)

SOLAR:
A Massachusetts solar company is in a dispute with the Department of Energy over whether it can build a plant in Asia. (E&E News)
Vermont regulators say they are still receiving applications for net metering despite lower rates. (Vermont Public Radio)
Solar panels have now been installed in 18 New York state parks, part of an energy initiative that is saving $1 million annually. (Troy Record)
Solar arrays supported in part by state grants are helping Massachusetts farmers save money. (Berkshire Eagle)
A report finds solar energy is growing rapidly in Rhode Island. (ecoRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
An advocacy group urges Boston’s transit agency to convert to electric buses. (Metro)
A Pennsylvania company is developing a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. (York Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: Consultants are working to improve a New Jersey energy efficiency program’s impact on multifamily housing. (NJ Spotlight)

BIOMASS:
Burlington, Vermont is reviving plans for a district energy system that would recapture heat from a biomass plant. (Seven Days)
Senators from New Hampshire and Maine introduce a bill that would encourage the use of biomass for heating and energy production. (Associated Press)

EQUITY: The leader of a New York community energy cooperative says developing clean energy can benefit low-income communities. (Between the Lines)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial says the possibility of subsidizing out-of-state plants is another reason to reject a New Jersey nuclear incentive bill. (Daily Record)
A Maine newspaper supports preserving EPA emissions standards for cars. (Kennenbec Journal)
A New Hampshire lawmaker says small-scale energy production can help improve system reliability and cut costs. (Concord Monitor)

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