Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania says some pipeline work can continue

OIL AND GAS: Energy Transfer receives a waiver from Pennsylvania to continue some work on sections of the Mariner East pipeline for safety reasons. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

ELECTRIFICATION: Efforts to impose natural gas bans in new construction in several states, including Massachusetts, stall as activists are limited to virtual meetings and officials are preoccupied by COVID-19. (Platts)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey regulators have developed a proposal to help encourage utilities to adopt more aggressive energy efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)

POWER PLANTS: A power plant just commissioned in Pennsylvania is capable of using a blend of natural gas and ethane, a fracking byproduct used in the petrochemical industry. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• A western Canadian utility closes its deal to acquire Emera Maine a week after it receives approval from state regulators. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker orders all electric, gas and water utilities to cease shutoffs of service for nonpayment during the coronavirus crisis. (Masslive)
• A New Jersey utility says meter reading will continue during the coronavirus outbreak while disconnections have been eliminated. (New Jersey Herald)
• Pennsylvania utility PECO is providing electricity to all customers including those previously disconnected. (Local Daily News)

WIND: Vermont regulators end the last active wind energy project in the state, with their dismissal of the petition for Dairy Air Wind. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: A Maryland man is sentenced to six months in prison for his part in a scheme to alter emissions controls on trucks that transport wastewater for Pennsylvania’s fracking operations. (Bus and Motorcoach News)

GRID:
• Officials and energy experts in New England say the chances of a widespread power outage due to the coronavirus pandemic are low with the greatest concern being infected plant workers. (Boston Globe)
• The grid operator in New England says power demand has dropped as much as 5% during the coronavirus outbreak, resembling usage patterns on snow days. (Granite Geek)

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