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Rhode Island officials deal a blow to proposed gas and diesel plant

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POWER PLANTS: State siting officials rule in favor of motions that could make it harder for developers to move forward with a proposed gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Uprise RI, Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS: A series of natural gas explosions outside Boston shines light on a safety crisis that goes beyond Massachusetts. (USA Today)

DIVESTMENT: Vermont’s Middlebury College will vote tomorrow on whether to divest investments in the fossil fuel industry from its more than $1.1 billion endowment. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: Officials from New York, New Jersey and a dozen other states file joint comments urging the EPA to abandon a proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with weaker emissions standards. (news release, Reuters)

POLITICS: Some environmental activists say New York’s gubernatorial candidates haven’t sufficiently addressed climate change and clean energy policies in their campaigns. (Gotham Magazine)

BIOFUEL: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey tells several Pennsylvania oil refinery executives and union leaders that he was unable to change President Trump’s mind on a decision to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blend. (WESA)

RENEWABLES: The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, announces a goal to power the city with 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. (SNJ Today)

SOLAR: Rhode Island environmental regulators award $2.6 million to help clean up 12 brownfield sites in the state, one of which will be home to a 3,200 kW solar farm. (GoLocalProv)

NUCLEAR:
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sends a letter criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for not doing enough to force Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to meet acceptable standards. (Cape Cod Times)
Vermont’s shuttered Yankee nuclear plant cuts its workers from 54 to two dozen. (VT Digger)

UTILITIES: A Vermont gas utility will raise customers’ rates by an average of $1.75 per month after reaching a settlement with state regulators. (Seven Days)

COMMENTARY:
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez would take the lead on renewable energy and climate change, while Gov. Charlie Baker would continue to protect fossil fuel interests, say the co-founder of a solar nonprofit and a former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. (CommonWealth Magazine)
New Jersey should continue providing energy tax receipts to Lacey Township while its Oyster Creek nuclear plant is being decommissioned, says an editorial in Press of Atlantic City.

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