Northeast Energy News

Report: New England nuclear plants key to combating climate change

NUCLEAR: Nuclear plants in New Hampshire and Connecticut, which are slated to be the last two in New England, will be essential to curbing the effects of climate change, according to a new report. (NHPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New York City suburb with five new battery-powered school buses could become a model for other communities looking to replace their diesel fleets. (New York Times)

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GRID: A bipartisan coalition of 18 governors asks federal energy regulators to consider merging the country’s three main power grids. (State House News Service)

NATURAL GAS: The Massachusetts Senate schedules two oversight hearings in December to examine the state’s natural gas industry and investigate a series of explosions that destroyed homes outside Boston in September. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
A New York appeals court won’t allow the developer of a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Canada to acquire privately owned land through eminent domain. (Courthouse News Service)
Pennsylvania officials fine a company $294,000 for a pipeline construction incident that released 4 million gallons of abandoned mine drainage into the Monongahela River in 2017. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A township in eastern Pennsylvania will send letters asking officials for an update on Sunoco’s emergency management plan for its Mariner East 2 pipeline. (Digital First Media)

WIND:
An energy analyst explains the pros and cons of offshore wind mergers. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
The parent company of two ski resorts in Vermont will purchase enough wind energy to power 100 percent of its North American operations by 2020. (news release)
New Jersey is well-positioned to reap the economic benefits of offshore wind, according to clean energy advocates who are helping chart a path to 3,500 MW of capacity by 2030. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
Developers complete three solar projects totaling 1.8 MW in central Massachusetts. (Solar Industry)
Developers complete a solar carport at an office park in eastern Massachusetts. (news release)
A developer plans to build a 20 MW solar project in central Pennsylvania. (Central Penn Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
Maine must adopt better policies to incentivize solar development across the residential, business and utility sectors, says a retired environmental educator. (Portland Press Herald)
Maine’s new governor and legislature should prioritize a group’s plan to support clean energy development in the state, says a columnist for centralmaine.com.

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