Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania regulators sought information on potential pipeline failure

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators last year demanded information from Sunoco on its calculations of what could occur if the Mariner East pipeline failed. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• The delay in approval for the Vineyard Wind project endangers crucial federal tax credits that are expiring, impacting project economics and potentially consumer costs. (Boston Globe)
• There are six offshore wind farms globally that are the size of small nuclear power plants, and the trend is for them to continue to get larger. (Greentech Media)
• A coalition of labor, environmental and community groups will hold a day-long conference Friday in Atlantic City to consider the prospects for offshore wind development in New Jersey. (ROI)

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SOLAR:
• Two New York lawmakers propose a one-year moratorium in some towns on annexing farmland for industrial purposes, including for solar arrays. (Albany Times Union)
• Maine towns are increasingly using capped landfills as sites for solar arrays as the state aggressively pursues clean energy development. (Mainebiz)

NUCLEAR:
• A budget amendment that would require the state to pay for emergency monitoring of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts was stripped out, leaving surrounding towns to pay for that next spring. (Cape Cod Times)
• Federal regulators are poised to approve sale of the plant to a company that specializes in accelerated decommissioning of closed nuclear power plants. (South Coast Today)
• The plant where the worst U.S. nuclear accident occurred is set to close next month while operation of a second unit at the same facility is threatened by modern energy economics. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION:
• A Maine town that could formally oppose a transmission line to import Canadian hydropower held a discussion that focused mainly on the effects felt by the local biomass industry. (Daily Bulldog)
• Towns opposed to the power line are increasingly using local ordinances to try to delay the project. (Bangor Daily News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signs an executive order creating a task force to craft recommendations on siting of renewable energy projects, similar to legislation that failed in the recent session. (Maryland Matters)

EFFICIENCY: A new state program to encourage local businesses to finance energy efficiency was introduced to a Massachusetts town. (Herald News)

COMMENTARY: A former Pennsylvania state senator says residents are already benefiting from natural gas extraction and continued opposition to pipeline expansion threatens the economy. (Observer-Reporter)

CORRECTION: Stonyfield Organic became the first New Hampshire company to join a global business compact committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. An item in Wednesday’s email digest misspelled the company’s name.

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