Northeast Energy News

So far, Pennsylvania not joining rush to save nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania officials are still weighing whether to offer financial support to struggling nuclear power plants. (Energy News Network)

WIND: The Interior Department will require offshore wind developers to plan transit lanes for boats through arrays of wind turbines. (WorkBoat)

• New York regulators are seeking input on proposals to boost renewable energy participation, including a possible expansion of community solar projects. (Utility Dive)
• The Solar Energy Industries Association files a petition asking New York regulators to change their calculation of the value of distributed energy. (PV Magazine)
Two new solar arrays at a community college in central Pennsylvania are expected to save $220,000 annually. (Journal Inquirer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Momentum is building for electric cars in Connecticut. (The Connecticut Mirror)

NATURAL GAS: Columbia Gas says it’s 80 percent finished replacing 45 miles of main pipeline following a series of home explosions outside Boston last month. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: A pipeline safety group releases the full version of a risk analysis on Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS: The closure of a natural gas-fired power plant outside Boston could force ISO New England to implement rolling blackouts. (Boston Globe)

BIOMASS: Residents in southern Massachusetts are surprised to learn a proposed 35 MW wood-burning power plant that was assumed to be dead could still be built. (WAMC)

EMISSIONS: Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. are awarded support packages worth up to $2.5 million each as part of a carbon reduction program backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Tribune-Review, Associated Press)

CLIMATE: A conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, focuses on “free market” solutions to climate change instead of taxing carbon. (NHPR)

COMMENTARY: Some environmental activists are threatening wind energy projects by arguing against the improper use of eminent domain, says a federal energy policy manager with the R Street Institute. (Greentech Media)

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