Northeast Energy News

Pipeline developer racks up new set of violations

OIL & GAS: Months after paying a $30 million fine for environmental problems at a Pennsylvania pipeline project, Energy Transfer is negotiating a settlement with state officials over a new series of hundreds of violations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ALSO: A federal appeals court hears arguments that landowners challenging pipeline approvals, including those in Pennsylvania, cannot stop project work while their case is still before regulators. (Bloomberg)

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GRID: New Jersey goes to a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling by federal regulators for the PJM capacity market that critics say will disadvantage state attempts to provide clean energy. (NJ Spotlight)

HEATING: Transitioning Rhode Island away from oil and gas for home heating faces several challenges, including a reliance on expensive heat pumps and the electricity they require. (ecoRI)

SOLAR: Rhode Island renews a program to encourage solar development on brownfield sites and commits $1 million to the effort for the second consecutive year. (MarketScreener)

NUCLEAR: A small corrosion problem discovered during a refueling operation was repaired at the Beaver Valley nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EFFICIENCY:
• New York officials offer additional flexibility to efficiency contractors during COVID-19, including expedited payments for completed work. (Utility Dive)
• A Massachusetts utility uses video chats and other online tools to conduct home energy assessments during the coronavirus pandemic. (Boston25)

CLIMATE: An environmental group launches a climate action tracker for New York City that monitors progress in 13 areas of sustainability. (SmartCities Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental organization says the closure of Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York ends a chapter of a troubled operational history. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An environmental group that fought to close the plant says its supporters offer the false choice that its demise necessarily leads to more fossil fuel use. (Lohud.com)

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