Northeast Energy News

Study finds Northeast bears the brunt of out-of-state pollution

POLLUTION: A new study finds the Northeast faces the biggest impacts from out-of-state air pollution, but rates are falling in part because of a shift away from coal. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: New York Attorney General Letitia James tells federal regulators that the sale of the Indian Point nuclear plant is too risky due in part to a shortfall in the plant’s decommissioning fund. (Lohud.com)

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EFFICIENCY:
• A draft proposal by New Jersey regulators would allow utilities to recover lost revenue from lower sales if they can attribute it to its efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Pennsylvania county completes efficiency upgrades to its courthouse, jail and other facilities that are expected to save $1.7 million. (StateCollege.com) 

SOLAR: A New York town may extend its moratorium on ground-mounted solar arrays for another six months as it continues working on zoning regulations. (Post-Star)

OIL & GAS:
• A bankruptcy judge gives tentative approval to the sale of a closed Philadelphia refinery to a developer who will demolish it and build mixed-use facilities. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A Maine legislative committee backs two bills to more closely monitor and control emissions at oil terminals and require owners to pay cleanup and demolition costs if they close. (Portland Press Herald)

CLIMATE: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says residents should wait 25 years longer than what legislators propose before they can sue the state for failure to meet its climate goals. (VT Digger)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Connecticut faces a dilemma in cleaning its generation sources in the coming decades but providing adequate power in the short term. (WSHU)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania environmental organization says a state move to award billions in tax breaks to the petrochemical industry is bad public policy and ignores the worsening climate crisis. (Morning Call)
• An elected county official in Maryland endorses proposed legislation that would allow localities to negotiate power contracts on behalf of residents. (Maryland Matters)
• A county official in Pennsylvania says failure to pass legislation to save the state’s nuclear power fleet results in poorer air quality impacting residents’ health that will only get worse. (PennLive)
• A clean energy advocate says a Massachusetts proposal to create incentives for solar and storage combinations will direct funds only to national companies and freeze out local installers. (AltEnergyMag)

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