Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania sounds alarm over Three Mile Island transfer

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania officials ask federal regulators to delay the license transfer of the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor due to a shortage of funds for site cleanup and the coronavirus pandemic. (WHYY)

GRID:
Power prices at three PJM hubs drop 35% in March compared to a year ago due to milder weather and reduced demand. (Platts)
Federal regulators largely upheld a controversial December ruling in PJM that opponents say favors fossil fuel generators over renewable energy resources. (Bloomberg, subscription required)
The New England grid operator files a winter fuel security proposal to ensure natural gas supplies with federal regulators that critics say is too expensive and overstates the problem. (E&E News, subscription required)

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TRANSPORTATION: New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority seeks $39 billion in federal aid as transit agencies around the country face plummeting revenue. (Crain’s, Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
The Philadelphia Fire Department seeks $1 million reimbursement for hazardous material services from the bankruptcy court overseeing the oil refinery closed by an explosion and fire last year. (WHYY)
Advocates of a ban on natural gas home heating say it is a major source of greenhouse gas pollution while gas supporters point out its affordability and carbon reductions compared to oil. (Boston Globe)
A Philadelphia natural gas utility is seeking an 11% rate increase in part because of reduced demand. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

SOLAR: Planners in a Maine town approve a solar farm that would be built on five acres of a 20-acre blueberry farm contingent on the project’s acceptance into a state program. (Weekly Packet)

EFFICIENCY: A municipal utility on Cape Cod offers virtual home energy assessments over video or by telephone to customers during the coronavirus pandemic. (CapeCod.com)

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CLIMATE: A Pennsylvania farmer is part of a growing trend of using agricultural practices as a way to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. (Lancaster Farming)

COMMENTARY:
A power supply association says that New Jersey leaving PJM over pricing disputes would not lower consumer costs nor deliver the amount of  renewable energy the state wants. (NJ Spotlight)
An environmentalist says the growing clean energy industry that’s been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic can lead the economic recovery when the crisis eases. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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