Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania shuts down Mariner pipeline construction once again

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators halt construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline due to at least four spills of “drilling mud” in the past eight months. (The Lebanon Daily News)

ALSO:
• Chester County commissioners send a letter urging the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to uphold a court order to suspend construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, saying the company has prioritized profits over safety. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Officials confirm that the Mariner East 2 pipeline was struck by a crew installing a water main in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, last month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Pennsylvania judge says pipeline builder Sunoco is exempted from some zoning requirements because it’s a public utility, which could help the company fight local pipeline opponents. (Lebanon Daily News)

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OIL & GAS:
The Pennsylvania House passes a bill that would weaken regulations on the oil and gas industry, sending it to the Senate for approval. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• A group of Pennsylvania landowners sues two natural gas developers for drilling on their land without permission and refusing to pay lease and royalty fees. (Pennsylvania Record)
• Dominion Energy’s liquefied natural gas production facility in Maryland will shut down for maintenance this autumn. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign a bill that will make Pennsylvania the first Northeast state in six years to approve commercial PACE financing, which helps businesses finance upgrades for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. (Northeast Energy News)

POWER PLANTS:
• Several power companies say the Trump administration’s efforts to help coal and nuclear plants won’t change their plans to shutter facilities in the Northeast. (Reuters)
• Energy executives celebrate the completion of a 1,000 MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Cecil County, Maryland. (Gazette-Virginian)

SOLAR:
• A solar coalition asks Governor Cuomo to set a goal to power one million New York households with solar by 2023. (news release)
• One of the first rooftop community solar projects in New York City reaches full subscriber enrollment. (Solar Power World)
• Panasonic wants to hire at least 80 more workers for its solar manufacturing facility in Buffalo, New York. (WKBW)

OFFSHORE WIND: Republican lawmakers in Rhode Island are calling for a study on the effect of offshore wind turbines on marine life. (Newport Buzz)

UTILITIES:
• National Grid will raise $19.6 million by increasing gas and electric rates under a settlement plan filed with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. (Providence Journal)
• IDT Energy agrees to pay $1.36 million to resolve allegations that it tricked New Jersey customers into overpaying for energy during the winter of 2014. (Law360, subscription)

BIOFUEL: The United Steelworkers union says the Trump administration’s refusal to change the Renewable Fuel Standard threatens tens of thousands of jobs throughout the Northeast. (Reuters)

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NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy gives Connecticut regulators financial statements to prove its Millstone nuclear plant in Waterford “is an ‘at risk’ resource.” (The Day)

COMMENTARY:
• Three renewable energy bills headed to the desk of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu would harness the state’s own resources to support businesses, tourism and recreational resources, says an editorial in Fosters.
• Gov. Sununu should keep his word and sign a bipartisan measure to raise the artificial cap on net metered renewable energy projects from 1 to 5 megawatts, says an executive at ReVision Energy in Concord. (New Hampshire Business Review)

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