Northeast Energy News

Report: New Jersey nuclear plant retirement could boost demand for gas

NUCLEAR: The retirement of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant could increase demand for natural gas, according to a recent analysis. (Argus Media)

ALSO:
• Connecticut’s largest nuclear power plant is competing with dozens of wind and solar projects for a utility contract to provide zero-carbon electricity. (Hartford Business Journal)
• Nuclear energy opponents want to prevent radioactive waste from a shuttered Vermont power plant from being stored near the Texas-New Mexico border. (VPR)

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OIL & GAS: Boston officials ask state utility regulators to update their natural gas safety measures following a series of home explosions outside the city last week. (WWLP)

SOLAR:
• A 133-room hotel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, becomes the first Marriott-branded hotel in the country to run off 100 percent solar power. (news release)
• Residents criticize plans for a 55-acre solar project in central Massachusetts. (WWLP)
• A clean energy coalition teams up with Albany officials to urge New York lawmakers to support a state goal to power one million households with solar by 2023. (news release)
• Tornadoes that struck Connecticut earlier this year have cleared land for families to install solar panels. (WTNH)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey approves a utility’s plan to spend $135 million over the next three years to help customers save energy. (NJ Spotlight)

WIND: Researchers say offshore wind farms can help protect coastlines from severe storms. (PhysicsWorld)

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RENEWABLES: Three out of four New Jersey voters believe the state should fund clean energy development instead of fossil fuels and pipelines, according to a recent survey. (WBGO, news release)

COMMENTARY:
• New Jersey is making progress towards adopting cleaner energy, but it still has a long way to go, says the director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. (North Jersey Record)
• New Jersey wind energy supporters have renewed confidence in Gov. Phil Murphy after his recent moves to expand offshore wind in the state, according to an editorial in the Daily Record.
• A recent gas pipeline explosion in Pennsylvania could have been prevented and “cannot be dismissed as an accident or an act of God,” says the head of a statewide environmental advocacy organization. (The Times)

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