Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fired plant slated for shutdown in 2021

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy says it will deactivate the largest coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania in June 2021. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NUCLEAR: New Jersey utility regulators approve an order to start forming a Zero Emission Credit program for nuclear power plants, which will be funded by ratepayers. (Press of Atlantic City)

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BIOFUEL: Two companies team up to build a $120 million digester in Philadelphia that converts food waste into methane gas for trucks and buses. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

• Solar power saved New England $20 million in energy costs last month, including $1.3 million in Vermont, according to a new study. (VT Digger)
• Aggressive sales tactics, rising bills and poor installation work have contributed to a slowdown in leased solar systems on Long Island, according to a new investigation. (Newsday)

HYDRO: A Maine company developing underwater turbines needs to raise millions of dollars to bring its product to market, but big investors are favoring wind and solar instead. (Portland Press Herald)

RENEWABLES: A committee is working on a widespread effort to electrify transportation and heating to meet climate goals in the Northeast. (Clean Energy Finance Forum)

POLITICS: High energy costs have become a key issue in New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race. (Concord Monitor)

OIL & GAS: An official for the New York attorney general’s office tells a judge that its investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors about climate change risks is in the final phases. (InsideClimate News)

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UTILITIES: A Pennsylvania utility files a settlement petition with state regulators calling for a 1 percent increase in electric delivery rates, along with a one-time refund to customers for savings resulting from the 2017 tax act. (The Reporter)

• Using wood biomass for electricity and heat is good for New Hampshire’s forests, says the head of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. (   
• Congressional lawmakers from Maine should spearhead legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, says a representative of the Citizens Climate Lobby. (Portland Press Herald)

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