Northeast Energy News

Plan shows pathway for Pennsylvania to boost solar energy production

SOLAR:
• A draft plan funded by the Department of Energy explains how solar farms could help Pennsylvania get 10 percent of its electricity from solar by 2030. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Cornell University partners with a California solar developer on a three-year study of pollinator-friendly flowers at community solar farms in New York. (Ithaca Journal)

WIND: A federal judge fines a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer $1.5 million for stealing trade secrets from a Massachusetts energy technology company. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The city council in Concord, New Hampshire, will vote tonight on a 100 percent renewable energy goal for the city. (NHPR)

NUCLEAR:
• Residents ask officials to review evacuation plans for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in southern New Hampshire. (Wicked Local)
• The owners of Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant threaten to permanently close the facility after regulators delay its ability to bid for zero-carbon electric contracts until after 2023. (Connecticut Post)

PIPELINES:
• Sunoco will convert part of an existing 12-inch pipeline to transport natural gas liquids through Pennsylvania while it works to complete the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which is more than 18 months behind schedule. (Daily Local)
• A coalition of community leaders in Pennsylvania will conduct an independent risk assessment of the Mariner East project. (Digital First Media)

OIL & GAS:
• Critics say $4 million in natural gas industry impact fees given to the Philadelphia region in 2017 didn’t offset the risks. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• A Pennsylvania state senator will propose a bill allowing oil and gas companies to drill on state-owned land, saying it would raise $250 million to $400 million for school safety. (GoErie)

POWER PLANTS: New Jersey officials approve initial permits to build a gas-fired power plant that would provide power to New York City. (NorthJersey)

GRID: An electrical substation near a decommissioned power plant in Norwalk, Connecticut, is critical to the Northeast power grid, researchers say, and a solar farm could be constructed on the site. (The Hour)

TRANSMISSION:
• A developer asks Pennsylvania regulators to consolidate its applications to construct new overhead power lines two counties. (York Dispatch)
• A New Hampshire museum will collect hats, T-shirts, videos, and other items to document grassroots opposition to the controversial Northern Pass transmission line. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts lawmakers would help vets and the economy by passing bills to support the solar industry, say executives at a Massachusetts solar company. (The Eagle-Tribune)
• Oil and gas drilling off the coast of New Jersey and other Mid-Atlantic states is less promising than drilling further south, and that’s a good thing, says the editorial board of the Press of Atlantic City.

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