Northeast Energy News

PJM to study risks of increased natural gas reliance

GRID: The PJM Interconnection plans to study the risks of increased natural gas reliance in the mid-Atlantic. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NUCLEAR:
• PJM also said Monday that closure of FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants won’t pose a threat to reliability. (Greentech Media)
• A utility CEO says nuclear plants outside New Jersey could be eligible for new zero emission credits under a recently passed bill. (RTO Insider)
• The Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts shuts down for the third time this year over equipment problems. (Cape Cod Times)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a case in which developers of the Constitution Pipeline argued New York overstepped federal authority in rejecting a permit for the project. (Platts)
• A Pennsylvania court rejects a challenge to the eminent domain authority of developers of the Mariner East pipeline. (Delaware County Daily Times)

OIL AND GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announces another plan to impose a severance tax on oil and gas operations. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Hearings begin for a proposed new power plant in Rhode Island. (ecoRI)

TRANSMISSION: Analysts project the parent company of a Maine utility could earn as much as $60 million a year from a proposed transmission line. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND: New Jersey regulators announce a public hearing on a proposed financing mechanism for offshore wind. (NJ Spotlight)

EFFICIENCY:
• New Hampshire regulators approve a plan for a utility to earn revenue on a per-customer basis, rather than on the amount of gas it sells, which is expected to improve energy efficiency. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• An energy efficiency project at a New Jersey school district is expected to save $1.4 million annually. (Home News Tribune)
• Providence, Rhode Island announces a voluntary energy efficiency challenge for large buildings. (Associated Press)
• The lights illuminating the New Hampshire state capitol dome will be replaced with LEDs this summer. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Rhode Island’s governor unveils new solar panels atop three state buildings. (Rhode Island Public Radio)
• The U.S. Postal Service plans to install solar arrays at facilities in New Jersey and Massachusetts. (Solar Power World)

BIOMASS: A Vermont housing project converts to wood pellet heating as part of an energy upgrade. (Vermont Business Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• A utility regulator from Georgia says the EPA’s recent decision declaring biomass carbon neutral is important for rural economies. (Energy News Network)
• An advocate says New York “has been going in the wrong direction” on energy efficiency. (WAMC)

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