Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania takes center state in nuclear debate

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to take up the debate over whether nuclear energy should count as “clean” power. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A New Jersey utility says it could start shutting down nuclear plants as early as this fall. (NJ Spotlight)
• A public hearing gathers feedback on a proposal to extend a New Hampshire nuclear plant’s license by 20 years. (Gloucester Daily Times)

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WIND:
• Four bidders propose up to 1,200 MW of offshore wind in New York. (Newsday)
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs an executive order reversing her predecessor’s moratorium on new wind energy. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR:
• Environmental groups fight a Georgetown University solar project that would raze 210 acres of trees in Maryland. (Washington Post)
• Work on a 50 MW solar project at a Maine airport is expected to begin in March. (Journal Tribune)
• A county agency in Vermont now gets 90 percent of its electricity from solar. (Rutland Herald)

OVERSIGHT: Vermont’s governor proposes a new fee on renewable energy projects to support state regulators. (VT Digger)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania pipeline opponents encourage local governments to install early warning systems to safeguard against leaks. (Daily Times)

NATURAL GAS: A Massachusetts utility declares a moratorium on new natural gas hookups, citing pipeline constraints. (CommonWealth Magazine)

POWER PLANTS: A proposed 650 MW natural gas plant in Connecticut clears two key hurdles. (Norwich Bulletin)

RENEWABLES:
• An analysis examines steps Massachusetts is taking to expand clean energy. (Associated Press)
• Philadelphia moves forward with plans to power all city buildings with renewable energy by 2030. (Philadelphia Weekly)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Baltimore doctor is the first buyer of Hyundai’s new electric car. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates call on New Jersey to place a moratorium on new fossil-fuel energy projects. (NorthJersey.com)
• The New Jersey Sustainable Business Council highlights the benefits of the state’s participation in regional carbon trading. (ROI-NJ)
• An advocate says Pennsylvania’s state constitution compels it to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (PennLive)

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